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Gabriel's announcement came hours after OU quarterback Caleb Williams entered the transfer portal.
Gabriel, who rushed for eight touchdowns and threw for 8,037 yards and 70 touchdowns with 14 interceptions in three seasons for the Knights, has a relationship with new Sooners offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby, who was UCF’s quarterback coach and offensive coordinator in 2019 when Gabriel was a freshman.
Dillon Gabriel injured during the 2021 NCAA football season at UCF
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Gabriel threw for 814 yards and nine touchdowns with three interceptions this season before fracturing his left clavicle Sept. 17 against Louisville.
News: UCF star quarterback Dillon Gabriel suffers potential major shoulder injury on last play of loss to Louisville: https://t.co/KO0M4oBBae
— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) September 18, 2021
The Mililani, Hawaii, native announced his decision to transfer in mid-November before announcing his decision to head to UCLA in mid-December.
Dillon Gabriel: Twitter reacts to quarterback's transfer to OU
Reaction to Dillon Gabriel transferring to the Oklahoma football program in the wake of Caleb Williams' decision to enter the transfer portal continues Tuesday.
Fans are stoked. The media? Intrigued.
The fact that OU is already bringing in Dillon Gabriel just goes to show what has been said time and time again. Sooner Football is bigger than any one player or Coach and will not be held hostage by anyone! Let’s Ride!!
— Brent’s Burner (@OUburner69) January 4, 2022
There are 3 names that are realistic to me.
1. Dillon Gabriel
2. Cameron Ward
3. Casey Thompson
If our starting QB is not one of these 3 next season, I will be genuinely shocked.
— 𝙹𝙸𝙼𝙼𝚈 𝙶𝚁𝙴𝙴𝙽𝙱𝙴𝙰𝙽𝚂 (@soonersonly) January 3, 2022
UCF transfer QB Dillon Gabriel announces he’s flipped from UCLA to Oklahoma. Wow!
Gabriel reuniting with Jeff Lebby in Norman. pic.twitter.com/BEzDaBmuiN
— Max Olson (@max_olson) January 4, 2022
One of the most ridiculous parts of all this?
I’m pretty comfortable in saying Dillon Gabriel is THE best quarterback in the Big 12 going into next year
OU definitely landed on their feet here, all things considered
(Obviously assuming Caleb Williams leaves) #Sooners
— Josh Callaway (@JoshMCallaway) January 4, 2022
Dillon Gabriel recognizes the importance of the QB position at OU.
— Dillon Gabriel (@_dillongabriel_) January 4, 2022
Former OU star Dusty Dvoracek says Dillon Gabriel transferring means it's a good day for OU.
Wild day in Norman! Caleb Williams is a phenomenal talent. Hate to see him go, but wish him nothing but the best in the future.
That said I absolutely love the addition of DT coach Todd Bates and QB Dillon Gabriel is the real deal! I gotta say today was a good day for OU!
— Dusty Dvoracek (@DustyDvoracek) January 4, 2022
Ryan Aber of The Oklahoman contributed to this report.
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