As we enter the second half of the college football season, things haven’t gone as planned for the Sooners. Oklahoma has lost three straight games for the first time since 1998. It doesn’t get any easier this week as they take on #20 Kansas in Norman. There was absolutely nothing to recap from Davis Beville’s performance last week, so let’s jump straight into the week 7 quarterbacks.
Last week at the red river rivalry the Sooners put forth arguably the worst quarterback performance in school history. Thankfully, this week Dillon Gabriel will be back. Coach Venables said he expects Gabriel to play against Kansas.
Brent Venables on Gabriel's concussion protocol: Dillon is full-go in practice. Whatever all those tests are, they are making sure they are on the right side of it. If he stays out of harm's way, I expect him to play.— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) October 11, 2022
Adds that he will know for sure on Thursday. #Sooners
The Oklahoma offense is down bad right now. If anyone thought Dillon Gabriel wasn’t the guy, I think we all know now that is the ONLY guy. The QB room hasn’t been this bad since 1998. OU fans have been spoiled to exceptional quarterback play over the last two decades. The program has been very fortunate with injuries as well. Gabriel being out last week was the first time that the team has been without their starting quarterback since Trevor Knight got hurt in 2014.
I do believe that with Gabriel back the Oklahoma offense will look more like itself this week. Although he hasn’t been the flashy play maker that we’ve been used to, he is efficient and takes care of the ball. The missed opportunities have been an ongoing issue, but I will take those over turnovers any day of the week. There is absolutely no more pressure on this team at this point. I expect DG to come out ready to play and put on an impressive performance in his return.
Oklahoma will be facing a defense that is 86th overall in the country. The opportunity for a big day on offense will certainly be there. And with the Jayhawks coming in at 39th overall on offense, we better hope the Sooners have a big day to help out the struggling defense as well.
There’s been no shortage of quarterback controversy this season. Jalon Daniels has played a huge role in the great start to the season for the Jayhawks. But, a report came out earlier this week that he will indeed be out against Oklahoma after suffering an injury against TCU.
Kansas QB Jalon Daniels is expected to miss the rest of the season with a Grade 3 separation of his right shoulder, per sources.— Zac Boyer (@ZacBoyer) October 11, 2022
It's a tough blow for Daniels, who was opening a lot of eyes nationally for his (and the Jayhawks') start. It's Jason Bean's team now. #kufball
Shortly after that report came out, Daniels responded to the news via twitter.
Sheeesh…That’s News to Me🤔 https://t.co/qLfVAxxLZy— 𝕁𝔻𝟞💫 (@JalonDaniels6) October 11, 2022
Jalon Daniels has thrown for 1,072 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. In my opinion, if he played somewhere other than Kansas he would be getting some Heisman hype. He has completed nearly 67% of his passes with only one turnover. I am under the impression that Daniels will indeed be out this week. But, if he is good to go the Sooners defense will have their hands full once again.
The guy Oklahoma is more likely to face is another familiar foe in Jason Bean. Last season against the Sooners he completed 17/23 passes for 246 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 59 yards, averaging 4.2 yards per rush.
He stepped in against TCU last week and had quite the performance. He threw for 4 touchdowns and 1 interception. Going for a total of 262 yards, and completed 66.7% of his passes. Regardless who comes out on the field for Kansas Saturday, it’s going to be a tough task for the defense once again.
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