As the Oklahoma Sooners prepare to enter the first season under head coach Brent Venables, Dillon Gabriel is the man charged with leading the offense.
Gabriel has the experience and the ability to be one of the best quarterbacks in college football. With the talent Oklahoma will put around him in 2022, expect fireworks from a Sooners’ offense looking to find more consistency than it had at the end of last season.
Looking ahead to 2022, Adam Rittenberg of ESPN spoke to a host of college coaches to get their thoughts on 42 quarterbacks across college football. Here’s what an anonymous AAC coach who faced Gabriel at UCF told Rittenberg.
He’s really good, and he’s got a little magic about him, too. It will be interesting to see how he fits. The one thing I would be concerned about if I was an Oklahoma fan is, those guys like to run their quarterbacks. You look at Matt Corral and guys that typically play in their offense, they usually don’t make it through the season. Gabriel has kind of a history of getting banged up. He’s not very big. But he’s a winner and he’s a tough guy. – Anonymous coach to ESPN’s Rittenberg
Gabriel can run the ball, but I don’t imagine Jeff Lebby will be calling as many designed runs for him as he did for Matt Corral last year at Ole Miss. Gabriel has the athleticism, but that’s not where he and the OU offense will be the most efficient.
Gabriel’s competitiveness and cool demeanor is what Oklahoma needed amid the turnover the Sooners faced during the offseason. He’s a veteran presence with a steady hand to lead Oklahoma into the next era of Sooner football.
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