Cavs QB transferring, brother replacing him
Ryan Kendall expects to be back under center when Cuthbertson High's football team opens the 2013 season at Parkwood on Aug. 23.
Kendall's younger brother, Austin Kendall, will transfer to Charlotte Christian after starting the final nine games of 2012 at quarterback as a freshman last season.
"We both kind of set out to look at some private schools, but they rarely accept senior transfers," said Ryan. "My brother went ahead and made that move, so I'll probably assume the role at quarterback."
A rising senior, Ryan Kendall (5-10, 180) started all 13 games at quarterback as a sophomore in 2011, when he passed for 1,993 yards with 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He started the first three games of 2012 at QB, but was moved to receiver and caught 25 passes for 486 yards and six touchdowns.
Austin (6-2, 190) threw for 1,500 yards with 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
"We had a couple receivers go down with some injuries and we were real thin at that spot, so that was one of the main reasons," said Ryan of the change. "Plus that allowed Austin and I to be on the field at the same time and give us another athlete."
Ryan and Austin recently picked up their first college scholarship offers.
Ryan was offered by Division I-AA Garner-Webb University on Monday. He says he's also been in heavy contact with Western Carolina, Furman and Wofford.
Ryan expects to attend a camp at Western Carolina on June 25.
"It's real exciting," said Ryan of the offer from Gardner-Webb. "I'm looking forward to going up to Western and hopefully getting an offer from them."
Austin received his first offer from Charlotte last week, according to his brother.
Adjusting to changeRyan said the transition to first-year coach David Johnson is going smooth.
Johnson was hired in May to replace Mike Roark, who guided the Cavaliers to a 6-6 record in 2012.
"He's brought a ton of energy to the program," said Kendall of Johnson. "We've had the most kids at summer workouts since the school has been open, so I know that's a big deal."
Johnson said in May the Cavs would run an "uptempo, no-huddle, spread offense."
"He's an offensive guru," Ryan said. "We'll be a run and gun type of team and it'll be a quick-game offense kind of like Oregon. Everything is on the run and on the move. If anything breaks down I'm obligated to take off."
Ryan has shown the ability to pick up yards on the ground. Over the last two seasons, he's ran for a combined 1,135 yards and 17 touchdowns on 196 carries.