As promised after the loss to Iowa State, WVU coach Neal Brown provided an update on the status of his injured starting quarterback during his weekly conference call Monday.
Brown said redshirt junior Austin Kendall is currently questionable for West Virginia’s next game against Oklahoma. Kendall was knocked out of the loss to the Cyclones after sustaining a chest injury on the Mountaineers’ first possession.
“We’ll go out this afternoon and he’ll throw a little bit, see where he’s at,” Brown said. “I think he’s going to be questionable for the game on Saturday. It will really depend on how much work he’s able to get in this week.”
If Kendall can’t play, that will likely mean redshirt junior Jack Allison will make his first start since the 2018 Camping World Bowl loss to Syracuse.
Allison was West Virginia’s quarterback for the majority of the game vs. the Cyclones, completing 75 percent of his passes for 140 yards and throwing a touchdown and interception. If Allison does practice with the first-team offense extensively this week, Brown expects him to make progress.
“Anytime you’re gonna get a large number of repetitions, you’re gonna improve,” Brown said. “I didn’t think under the circumstances he did a bad job [vs. Iowa State]. He could have definitely played better, but I didn’t think he did a bad job at all.”
But Brown added that the coaching staff won’t make a determination on Kendall until they see how he performs this week during practices.
“Our main workdays are on Tuesday and Wednesday, so we’ll wait to see kind of where Austin is at before we decide how we’re gonna split the reps up,” Brown said.
If Kendall does not play against the Sooners, it will remove an intriguing storyline from the matchup: Kendall transferred to WVU from Oklahoma last winter, and would miss out on his first opportunity to face off against his former team.
Brown plans to provide a more detailed injury report Tuesday, which will include updates on the seemingly long list of Mountaineers who were injured before or during the Iowa State game.