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Neal Brown: Austin Kendall will likely be questionable heading into Oklahoma game

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia quarterback Austin Kendall will be questionable for Saturday’s game at Oklahoma, according to coach Neal Brown.

“We’ll go out [Monday] afternoon and he’ll throw a little bit,” Brown said. “I think he’ll be questionable for Saturday. It will depend on how much work he is able to do.”

Kendall was injured in the first quarter last Saturday against Iowa State when he was hit by Cyclones’ safety Anthony Johnson. His right throwing arm was pinned behind him and it appeared to be a shoulder injury. Brown said after the game that it was actually his chest that was injured.

Jack Allison played the rest of the game with mixed results, and Brown said depending on how Kendall throws Monday, it will determine how many reps Allison gets compared to Kendall in practice.

“We’re going to see where Austin is at over the next 24 hours,” Brown said. “Our main work days are Tuesday and Wednesday. We’ll see where Austin is at before we split the reps up.”

Allison finished 18 of 24 for 140 yards, a touchdown and an interception, but it was a tale of two halves for the junior backup QB. Of the 140 yards, 107 came in the first half, as did his touchdown toss. After halftime, Allison had just 33 yards and the pick.

“Any time you’ll get a large number of repetitions, you’ll improve,” Brown said. “He definitely could have played better, but he didn’t do a bad job at all.”

Kendall, who came to West Virginia as a grad transfer from Oklahoma, could get a shot at his former team if he’s healthy. Kendall’s transfer was hotly-contested after O.U. coach Lincoln Riley initially blocked his attempt to come to West Virginia.

After backlash, Riley rescinded the block and allowed Kendall to move on to WVU.

“I think a lot of Austin and his family,” Riley said. “Excited to see him get a chance. He’s done a good job and he’ll keep getting better. I hope the best for him with his health.”