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West Virginia quarterback Austin Kendall (12) runs the ball during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Texas, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)

Austin Kendall’s return to Norman hinges on his recovery following an injury in West Virginia’s 38-14 loss to Iowa State on Saturday.

The former OU backup quarterback’s status is unknown following an upper-body injury on the Mountaineers’ first possession of the game.

"I think we will know more tomorrow or Monday," West Virginia coach Neal Brown said afterward. "He got hit in the act of throwing and his arm kind of got behind him. The good thing is it's not an arm or a shoulder injury. It's more in his chest area."

Kendall transferred to West Virginia in the offseason after it became apparent Jalen Hurts was transferring to OU. Kendall was primarily a backup for two Heisman Trophy winners, completing 28 of 39 passes for three touchdowns in two seasons with the Sooners.

His departure played out in the public eye as OU initially attempted to block his immediate eligibility attempt at West Virginia. Lincoln Riley ultimately relented and Kendall won the starting job with the Mountaineers.

Before his injury, Kendall completed 66 percent of his passes for 1,247 yards, nine touchdowns and seven interceptions. Against Iowa State he was replaced by backup Jack Allison, who finished 18 of 24 for 140 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

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