3 key OU players dealing with injuries before game vs. Texas football

Dillon Gabriel, Texas football Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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Dillon Gabriel, QB

One of the most notable injuries for Venables and the Sooners coming out of last weekend against TCU was dealt to the former UCF Knights redshirt junior transfer quarterback Dillon Gabriel. In the second quarter, Gabriel took a bad hit from a TCU linebacker that knocked him out of the game.

Gabriel came up with an apparent concussion and would be taken to the locker room in the second quarter. He would not return to the game, although he would return to the sideline in the second half.

In Gabriel’s absence, backup quarterback and the former Pitt Panthers transfer Davis Beville got the snaps behind center. Oklahoma wasn’t able to move the ball much down the field with Beville leading the way.

Beville finished up the TCU game with seven completions on 16 passing attempts, good for 50 passing yards (just 3.3 yards per passing attempt), no passing touchdowns, and no picks. He was also sacked a whopping three times and had four pressures against him in this game.

The performance from Beville didn’t inspire much confidence from the Sooner faithful over the weekend. In fact, it doesn’t sound like it would be surprising in the slightest if Venables and OC Jeff Lebby turn to another starting quarterback against Texas if Gabriel is out for Red River.

That would leave the other options available to the Sooners as true freshman Nick Evers or JUCO transfer General Booty.

We will likely figure out more about Gabriel’s status if Venables is willing to provide an update on his injury in his press conference on Oct. 4.