The Oklahoma University Sooners will be led by a new starting quarterback when they take the field next season. The program’s starting quarterback during the 2023-2024 season, Dillon Gabriel, has reportedly entered the transfer portal. The 22-year-old passer has one year of eligibility left after spending three years at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and two seasons at the University of Oklahoma.
In 2019, Gabriel entered the college football landscape as the Gatorade High School Football Player of the Year in Hawaii. The Hawaii native chose to attend UFC and entered the season as the backup to Brandon Wimbush. However, he would end up taking over Wimbush in the season opener and ended up leading the UCF Knights to a 10-3 record while throwing for 3,653 yards and 29 touchdowns. During the following season, the Knights would finish with a 6-4 record, but the Hawaii-born quarterback was able to throw for 3,570 and 32 touchdowns. In his third year as the starter, Gabriel would suffer a season-ending clavicle injury while playing the Louisville Cardinals. After the season, he transferred to Oklahoma where he would spend two seasons while throwing for more than 6,000 yards and 50 touchdowns over 24 games.
Gabriel has not identified a potential landing spot, but ESPN’s Pete Thamel has identified USC and Oregon as potential destinations for the transfer quarterback.