Former Oklahoma and UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel announced this morning that he will be transferring to Oregon for his final year of collegiate eligibility next season. The veteran quarterback just wrapped up a successful 10-2 campaign with the Sooners where he had them on the cusp of an appearance in the Big 12 Championship Game.
Gabriel’s career began at UCF in 2019, where he spent two seasons putting up excellent numbers under the tutelage of then head coach Josh Heupel. He would suffer a fractured clavicle early in the 2021 campaign, ending his season and subsequently his time in Orlando with his decision to enter the transfer portal that December. He initially committed to UCLA before deciding to head to Oklahoma instead.
Even as the Sooners stumbled to a 6-6 record under new head coach Brent Venables in 2022, Gabriel still put up gaudy numbers and was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. He’d then go on to put up career numbers in 2023, completing 69.3% of his passes for 3,660 yards and 30 touchdowns through the air. The Mililani, HI, native also added 373 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground. His signature moment with OU came during this year’s Red River Rivalry against Texas, where he fired off the go-ahead touchdown in the final minute to stun the Longhorns.
Now that he is Oregon bound, the question now becomes if he can win the Heisman Trophy in 2024. Gabriel will enter next season as one of the top contenders for the award and with good reason.
Current Ducks QB Bo Nix completely rejuvenated his fledgling college career when he arrived to Eugene in 2022. He took a significant leap in 2023 under first-year offensive coordinator Will Stein, throwing for 4,145 yards, rushing for 228 yards, and accounting for 46 touchdowns throughout the year. Those numbers earned him a trip to New York City for the Heisman Trophy ceremony tonight and one can easily imagine Gabriel being in the same exact spot one year from now. We’ll see if he can dominate in Oregon’s first year in the Big Ten.