Oklahoma quarterback Austin Kendall has entered the transfer database to explore his future options, a source close to the situation informed the Tulsa World on Friday afternoon.
Kendall has spent the past three seasons on the Sooners’ roster. As a true freshman, he was OU’s backup quarterback to Baker Mayfield. After sitting out a redshirt season, Kendall held the same role for Kyler Murray in 2018. Both Mayfield and Murray were Heisman Trophy winners.
The new transfer system put in place last October allows a student-athlete to inform his current school about a desire to transfer. The school then enters the student’s name into a national transfer database within two business days. Once the player’s name is in the database, other schools are free to contact the individual.
Kendall, who has already graduated, would be eligible to play at a new school immediately. Kendall also has two seasons of eligibility remaining.
The quarterback could transfer or return to Norman. The clock is ticking since OU’s spring session begins Monday. If Kendall attends a class, he’s locked for the spring. If he desires to transfer, he has to fit into a prospective school’s academic year whether it be semesters or quarters.
Kendall hasn’t had an opportunity to play much for the Sooners. In two seasons, he is 28-of-39 passing for 265 and three touchdowns.
Kendall’s departure would leave the Sooners with two scholarship quarterbacks: redshirt freshman Tanner Mordecai and true freshman Spencer Rattler, who isn’t scheduled to arrive on campus until this summer. The San Francisco Chronicle reported earlier this week Murray, who had been expected to be in spring training with the Oakland Athletics, plans to submit his name into the NFL Draft.
One name to watch is Alabama’s Jalen Hurts. The Crimson Tide quarterback has a 26-2 record as a starting quarterback and is a former SEC offensive player of the year. He recently submitted his name into the transfer database and his name has been getting linked to Oklahoma.