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Oklahoma Flips Transfer QB Dillon Gabriel From UCLA

NCAA Football: Central Florida at South Florida

The Oklahoma Sooners may be preparing for life without Caleb Williams, who announced on Monday he would be entering the transfer portal.

Dillon Gabriel played the last three seasons at UCF and was set to head to UCLA via the transfer portal, but he announced Monday night he instead is joining the Oklahoma Sooners.

Gabriel made the announcement on Twitter.


Gabriel played for new Oklahoma offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby at UCF, where he was the offensive coordinator in 2019, and Gabriel threw for 29 touchdowns and seven interceptions that season, along with over 3,600 yards. During his career with UCF, he’s thrown 70 touchdowns to 14 interceptions.

The former three-star recruit announced two weeks ago he was transferring to UCLA, but obviously Oklahoma worked him hard after Williams made his decision.

Gabriel entered the transfer portal on November 27. The junior missed the last nine games of the 2021 season after fracturing the left clavicle on his throwing side back in September. In the three games he did play, Gabriel threw for 814 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions.

The Sooners could still welcome back Caleb Williams, since a player can return to his program after entering the transfer portal, but the fact that Oklahoma moved so quickly on a quarterback after today’s announcement is telling.

This news caps off a busy day for the Sooners, who also hired Tony Bates from Clemson to be the team’s co-defensive coordinator.


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