Oklahoma opens spring practice on March 5 with the annual Red-White game set for April 9.
The Sooners will also hold pro day on March 9 for all departing players. But there are questions abound regarding the Sooners’ outlook for next year. Even coming off an 11-2 season, the Big 12 championship and a berth in the College Football Playoff, the Sooners still have holes that need to be filled.
Over the next week, Sooners Illustrated’s Justin Hite and Bob Przybylo take a look at five major questions surrounding Oklahoma. Here’s one of those most pressing questions:
What is the learning curve for Austin Kendall?
With the future of Cody Thomas uncertain, how important does this next month become for mid-year enrollee quarterback Austin Kendall?
Three months ago he was in high. Now? He’s one of only two eligible scholarship quarterbacks participating for the Sooners.
Trevor Knight is at Texas A&M. Thomas is giving it all he has for baseball. Kyler Murray is in Norman, but he’s not eligible until next season.
It’s very possible, if not downright probable, that Kendall could be a true freshman backup quarterback to Baker Mayfield when the 2016 season starts.
The early returns on Kendall have all been positive in terms of his work ethic and time spent in the film room and things of that nature. But that curve will have to be accelerated in a major way here coming up, especially if anything ever happened to Mayfield.
Kendall was a four-star prospect coming out of high school and was clearly a top priority for Lincoln Riley on the recruiting trail.
Making the transition, especially with the speed of the game is never an easy thing to do, but it’s what is going to be asked for Kendall this spring and going forward.
Thomas is still capable of coming back to the team during the summer as it will probably depend on his baseball success, but you know Kendall needs to start preparing as if his future is now.