Oklahoma has been on a roll with quarterbacks – considering Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray are the past two Heisman Trophy winners. But the Sooners could now be in a tough situation at the position – even if it’s temporary.
With Murray expected to either enter the NFL Draft or head off to play professional baseball, backup Austin Kendall was, in theory, supposed to be next in line to get playing time at the position. But Friday, it was revealed that Kendall is now listed in the NCAA’s transfer portal.
It’s unclear why Kendall is exploring a transfer. It could be that he knows another quarterback (like a Jalen Hurts) is transferring in to Oklahoma. It could be that he thinks he’ll lose the job to incoming freshman Spencer Rattler. Regardless, if he leaves, Oklahoma will be short-handed this spring.
If Murray and Kendall both leave, Tanner Mordecai is the only scholarship quarterback on the roster for the spring.
Unless, of course, someone does transfer in to compete for the job.
Tanner Mordecai is, most likely, the only scholarship QB left for spring football. Spencer Rattler comes in the summer time. Jalen Hurts is a potential transfer option, and we can’t forget about the seemingly unlikely option of Kyler Murray returning for another year. https://t.co/m5psq1SEou
— TJ Eckert (@TJEckertKTUL) January 11, 2019
Rattler will arrive this summer, and there’s a chance he could be the team’s starter when the regular season starts, but that’s a lot to ask of a true freshman.
Mordecai, a freshman this past year, is a class of 2018 recruit who was a four-star player in high school.
As for Hurts – one of ESPN’s analysts thinks it’s down to either Oklahoma or Miami. It’s going to be an interesting week.