MORGANTOWN– Injuries seem to be plaguing the Mountaineer football team with the most recent injury sustained to quarterback Austin Kendall.
After just one offensive possession the redshirt junior was injured against Iowa State and was replaced by back up Jack Allison. Allison ended the game with 18 of 24 completions for 140 yards, a touchdown and a late interception.
Head Coach Neal Brown after the game described the injury as being to the “chest-area.”
“He got hit right in the act of throwing, and his arm kind of got behind him,” Brown said of Kendall. “The good thing is, it’s not an arm or shoulder injury.”
As of Monday’s coaches teleconference, Brown said Kendall is questionable for Saturday’s match-up against his former school in Oklahoma University.
“We will go out this afternoon and he will throw a little bit and kind of see where he is at. I think he is going to be questionable for the game on Saturday,” Brown explained. “It will really depend on how much work he is able to get in this week.”
Austin’s ability during the next 24 hours, Brown said, will determine how they will split up the reps at quarterback.
“We are going to kind of see where Austin is at over the next 24 hours and then make a determination of how we are going to split the reps up,” he said. “We have a light practice today and really our main work days are Tuesday and Wednseday so we will wait and see to kind of where Austin is at before we decide how we are going to split the reps up.”
Brown said reps with the first-team offense would benefit Allison if he is called upon to start for the first time since starting the 2018 bowl game loss to Syracuse in the Camping World Bowl.
“I think any time you are going to get a large number of repetitions you are going to improve,” he explained. “I don’t think under the circumstance he did a bad job – he could have definitely played better, but I don’t think he did a bad job at all.”
With a slew of other injuries on the team, Brown said he hopes to have a more “sound” injury update at his weekly Tuesday press conference.
“There is a lot of guys right now upin the air,” Brown said.