Quarterback situation creates conversation for Holtz, Tech

The college football season is right around the corner

This week was full of media days for various conferences around the country and on Thursday, Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz joined wide receiver Isaiah Graham and linebacker Trey Baldwin for Conference USA Media Days.

Many of the questions surrounded the Bulldogs quarterback room, where Tech recently added West Virginia transfer Austin Kendall.

“I wasn’t really planning on taking one,” said Holtz. “We had four quarterbacks on our roster even without the addition of Austin. We came to spring ball, and I was expecting Luke (Anthony) to be a little further along in his recovery from his injury in the TCU game (last December). At the beginning of June, they felt like they needed to do another surgical procedure on him. They still feel he has a chance to be ready for the beginning of the season.

“But I felt like we needed to give ourselves (plenty of depth). I wanted someone who had playing experience. I didn’t want to just go sign a transfer. I wanted to sign someone who had already been on the field. That’s where Austin Kendall came in. He was a 4-star recruit that committed to Oklahoma and then transferred to West Virginia. He got an opportunity to play for season there. We had a lot of film on him. We felt very fortunate that Austin was available, and we were able to add him. I feel like we will have an awful lot of competition heading into the fall in that quarterback meeting room.”

Kendall joins Anthony, Aaron Allen, JD Head and Caleb Holstein in the QB Meeting Room within the Davison Athletics Complex as the days tick down to the start of fall practice. Tech is scheduled to report August 5.

Graham was asked what he thought about the newest Bulldog signal caller.

“Throwing with Austin has been good over the past couple of weeks,” said Graham. “I feel like he came in ready. He is buying in. He is meeting with our other quarterbacks. He is jelling with the team. I feel like he has come in with a good mindset to compete and put his best foot forward. He is a great guy. He doesn’t talk as much right now. We are working on that, trying to open him up. He is a great guy. I feel like he is a good add, and I feel like he is coming in to compete.”

Austin is one of 10 additions to the Tech roster since the end of spring practice. Holtz knows team chemistry will be important with the Sept. 4 opener at Mississippi State just over a month away.

“I love the attitude of this team,” said Holtz. “I love the way they are working. The key to putting this together will be our leadership and being able to mold our football team during camp with some of the new faces here.”


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