The Oklahoma Sooners got some major news on Thursday as quarterback Dillon Gabriel announced that he will return for the 2023 season.
With the Sooners bringing in five-star freshman Jackson Arnold, there was a chance that the Oklahoma staff would be forced to send the freshman into early action if Gabriel was to leave, but that is no longer a worry with Gabriel’s announcement.
Now, the Sooners can allow the freshman to develop under Gabriel, who knows Jeff Lebby’s system better than anyone else and is coming off a season in which he earned the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Award.
“Forever Home. Let’s do it again in 2023,” Gabriel wrote on Twitter.
In 2022, Dillon Gabriel passed for 3,168 yards, 25 touchdowns, and six interceptions, while completing 62.7% of his passes. Gabriel was also efficient on the ground, racking up 315 rushing yards and six touchdowns.
Bringing him back in 2023 is big for Brent Venables in year two, as getting back your quarterback and having someone to build an offense around will be vital if the Sooners want to turn things around quickly.
It’s worth noting that Gabriel will still have one more year of eligibility remaining for 2024 if he chooses to use it, meaning that he could stick around for two more seasons in Norman. However, Oklahoma is just glad to have their signal-caller back in 2023 and that’s all they care about right now.