The injury that Oklahoma backup quarterback Austin Kendall suffered when crashing into an equipment locker, on the Florida Atlantic sideline, Saturday isn’t severe. However, that doesn’t mean the redshirt sophomore will be ready for Saturday’s UCLA game.
During the weekly Big 12 coaches teleconference, on Monday morning, Riley said that he expects Kendall to return “shortly” but didn’t say exactly when.
“Is it going to be this week? Is it going to be next week?” Riley said. “I don’t think anything, at least, that’s going to keep him out long term. Just from a functionality, getting over soreness, physically being able to play, we’ll have to monitor throughout the week. See how he responds to treatment. Plan to have the other guys ready if he’s not available.”
During is weekly press conference Riley stated that the injury, suffered to the lower leg, was, “nothing too significant,” but also noted that he didn’t know if Kendall would be ready for Saturday or not.
Lincoln Riley says Austin Kendall will not be out for a significant amount of time. Will have to assess his progress day by day, but has a chance to be ready for Saturday. pic.twitter.com/flMToCdTh2
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) September 3, 2018
The question of Kendall’s availability puts the spotlight on redshirt sophomore Tanner Schafer and true freshman Tanner Mordecai. Schafer immediately relieved Kendall following the injury but failed to throw a pass. Mordecai came in on the next possession and closed out Oklahoma’s 63-14 win by completing both of his pass attempts for 37 total yards.
Austin Kendall was 8/10 for 88 yards and a touchdown before the injury.