Austin Kendall surprised many in Norman when his name was reportedly spotted in the NCAA transfer portal on Friday afternoon. While Kendall's been forced to sit behind the likes of Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray--two Heisman Trophy winners--he was expected to get a fair chance to start in 2019.
Lincoln Riley's offense can do wonders for a quarterback, but with talented QB Tanner Mordecai already pushing Kendall this offseason and the arrival of the top quarterback in the nation in Spencer Rattler, Kendall saw the writing on the wall.
Mordecai is talented and could very well start the season under center for the Sooners in 2019, but it's far too early to tell. The real winner in all of this is Rattler, who will arrive in Norman with every opportunity to win the starting job from the opening whistle of Spring practice.
Rattler, a Pro-Style QB from Phoenix, looks like the next record-setting Sooners QB in the making. With Riley setting him up in the best position to succeed right away, there's no telling how successful Rattler can be even in year one. Look no further than the recent trend behind stud freshmen quarterbacks.
Tua Tagovailoa probably should've received more reps at Alabama his freshman season, but his success in practice led to Nick Saban trusting him with his legacy on the line against Georgia.
Just last season, 5-star QB Trevor Lawrence led Clemson to an undefeated 15-0 season and a demoralizing defeat of the Crimson Tide. Waiting for QBs to mature is overrated; these guys are ready to contribute as soon as they step on campus.
Rattler looks just as poised for greatness.
Rattler will have to win the job and this could all be put on hold if Oklahoma decides to dip into the suddenly stacked transfer QB market. But as things currently stand, it could be a big year for this Sooners freshman.