Breaking down OU’s 3 backup QBs for Red River vs. Texas football

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The talk of the town for the Oklahoma Sooners faithful ahead of the Red River Rivalry game this weekend against Texas football has to do with the quarterback situation. Oklahoma has a lot of uncertainty in that quarterback room in Norman due to the unknown injury status of redshirt junior Dillon Gabriel.

In the blowout loss to the TCU Horned Frogs last weekend in Fort Worth, Gabriel was knocked out of the game with an apparent concussion on a hit that was flagged for targeting and upheld after review. After Gabriel was sidelined in the first half against the Horned Frogs, fellow junior transfer quarterback Davis Beville took the reigns for the Oklahoma offense.

Yet, the results that the Sooner offense got with Beville leading the way for roughly 40 minutes against TCU didn’t inspire much confidence, to say the very least.

Scouting Davis Beville and the rest of the OU backup QBs that could face Texas football in Red River

This led to the question being asked whether new head coach Brent Venables, OC Jeff Lebby, and the Sooners should start another quarterback instead of Beville for Red River if Gabriel isn’t able to go. Venables even mentioned in his press conference on Oct. 4 that Oklahoma will be evaluating all three backup quarterbacks behind Gabriel in practice this week.

I would presume that implies that all three quarterbacks behind Gabriel on the depth chart saw a significant number of practice reps this week.

This still leaves plenty of uncertainty regarding who Texas will see this weekend in Red River from the Oklahoma starting quarterback.

With that in mind, here’s a look at an analysis of each of the three backup Oklahoma quarterbacks heading into Red River.