Austin Kendall not blamed for West Virginia sluggishness
West Virginia’s offense struggled in a 20-13 victory over James Madison on Saturday, but Mountaineer coach Neal Brown doesn’t seem to hold new quarterback Austin Kendall responsible.
Kendall, who transferred from OU in January, completed 27 of 42 passes for 260 yards, no interception and two touchdowns.
“I thought for making what I would determine is his first career start, he handled himself well,” Brown said.
Kendall started last season against West Virginia when Kyler Murray was late for a meeting, but Murray returned to the controls after one series.
Brown noted three blown pass protections and six dropped passes against James Madison.
“I thought he (Kendall) did a commendable job,” Brown said. “I thought he saw the game well, stood in the pocket and had some courage. He made good decisions. We’ve got to do a better job on the deep ball. Some were on the receivers, some were on him. I thought blocking was extremely below average … We didn’t block at any position very well.”