MORGANTOWN, W.VA. (AP)-- Oklahoma graduate transfer Austin Kendall has been named West Virginia’s starting quarterback for the Aug. 31 season opener against FCS James Madison.
West Virginia coach Neal Brown on Tuesday announced the choice of Kendall, who beat out three others.
At Oklahoma, Kendall backed up Baker Mayfield in 2016 and Kyler Murray last season. His decision to leave drew intense scrutiny when Oklahoma initially sought to block the move.
For his career, Kendall has completed 28 of 39 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns without an interception.
Brown also announced that Bowling Green transfer quarterback Jarret Doege was granted an NCAA waiver and will be eligible to play immediately. However, Brown said the plan is still for Doege to redshirt because he is coming off of offseason surgery. Doege has two years of eligibility remaining and under the new NCAA rules, he can play in four games and still maintain his redshirt status.
Kendall beat out redshirt junior Jack Allison and redshirt freshman Trey Lowe who had been battling with Kendall since the spring.