Oklahoma UCF transfer quarterback Dillon Gabriel has made a commitment, with current opener Caleb Williams making the biggest announcement just hours later. Entered the transfer portal. Gabriel is from Hawaii. Originally pledged to UCLA in mid-December Before flipping to the Suners on Monday.
The move reunited Gabriel with new OU attack coordinator Jeff Lepi, who was Gabriel’s level coach and attack coordinator during Gabriel’s Breakout Freshman season in 2019. Laby had been at Ole Miss for the past two years before joining the staff of Brent Wenables.
Gabriel threw for 8,041 yards, 70 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 26 games for UCF. He broke his collarbone in the final moments of the Knights’ third game of 2021 – losing 42-35 to Louisville – but is expected to return for the 2022 season without any problems. If Gabriel chooses to use it, he must have a two-year qualification in addition to the NCAA-issued additional qualification.
Philipp Gabriel is a conspiracy to Oklahoma because Venables 2022 is trying to save the crime. If Williams is replaced as expected, Oklahoma will miss nine starting players from the week 1 deep schedule. However, Gabriel threw 3,653 yards and 29 touchdowns for seven interruptions in his solo season working with Lepi, all of which are one of the best marks of his career. The country’s number is 493.2 yards per game in the Ole Miss. 7 Laby coordinated the offense and helped turn QB Mad Corel into CBS Sports’ best quarterback draft opportunity.
Gabriel’s decision is the most sought after insurance for Oklahoma employees, and it will be very popular if Williams eventually leaves the program. Williams kept the door open for a potential return, but a departure from Oklahoma would leave the list without a return pass attempt. Spencer Rattler, the opening day opener, was transferred to South Carolina before rejoining former OU assistant Shane Beamer.
Conversely, the loss of Gabriel is a tough gap for UCLA as opener Dorian Thompson-Robinson is expected to leave for the NFL draft. If the DTR exits, Chase Griffin and Ethan Corbers will compete for the starting job at Chip Kelly’s key year 5.
Prior to Gabriel’s pledge, Oklahoma’s only quarterbacks for 2022 were Ben State transfer Micah Bowens, who never threw a pass, and appointed Nick Evers in 2022. Instead, Gabriel comes to Norman with more than 900 pass attempts, including 413 of the most productive sophomore season.
Oklahoma finished 11-2 at 2021, the seventh consecutive season with two defeats. However, the Sunners failed to win the Big 12 for the first time since 2014, after losing head coach Lincoln Riley to USC. Oklahoma went on to win the College Football Playoffs with three appearances under the watchful eye of Riley 55-10. However, the newly hired Venables have been part of 12 straight teams between 10 wins in Oklahoma and Clemson as defensive coordinator.
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