By the time Oklahoma sophomore tight end Grant Calcaterra woke up Monday, he hadn’t seen much of Austin Kendall since two days earlier. But the mood of Oklahoma’s backup quarterback Saturday was obvious.
“He was pretty upset,” Calcaterra said. “He was limping around a little bit.”
Kendall’s postgame limp was one of few negatives surrounding OU’s 63-14 victory over Florida Atlantic. In the second half, he ran out of bounds and suffered a lower-leg injury crashing into a travel case on the opposing sideline.
It isn’t expected to keep Kendall out longterm, but OU coach Lincoln Riley couldn’t offer a clear timeline for his return.
“It was a pretty solid impact,” Riley said. “Mobility, swelling, all those things are gonna be an issue. I don’t know if he’s going to be able to play or not [this week], but it will really depend on how his leg responds to treatment, and some of the rest he’s had already and will get early in this week.”
In the meantime, OU is giving Tanner Schafer and Tanner Mordecai more practice repetitions at quarterback ahead of Saturday’s home game against UCLA (Noon, FOX).
Schafer is a walk-on and Mordecai a true freshman. Schafer has completed 3 of 5 passes at OU for a total of 18 yards. The redshirt sophomore won two Class 2A state titles operating an Air Raid-style offense in high school at Canadian, Texas.
Mordecai was considered both a three- and four-star recruit by various recruiting services out of Midway High School in Waco.