Entering spring ball, the Oklahoma Sooners had just two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster in Dillon Gabriel and true freshman Nick Evers. The prevailing thought was that the Sooners needed to add a player with some experience to back up Gabriel in the event of an injury.
They’ve done just that with the addition of Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback Davis Beville. Beville visited the Sooners over the weekend and was even seen on camera chatting it up with head coach Brent Venables and offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby in Norman.
It was confirmed it was Davis Beville and the visit went well enough for Beville to officially commit via his Twitter account on Monday afternoon.
Beville, a 6-foot-6 passer from Greenville, South Carolina, appeared in nine games across three seasons with the Pittsburgh Panthers. He has spent most of his college career backing up Heisman finalist and first-round draft pick Kenny Pickett.
In his career, he’s only attempted 32 passes, but that’s more than any other scholarship quarterback or walk-on Oklahoma had on the roster. He’s a veteran player who will be a great addition to the quarterback room and locker room.
The Sooners needed a backup quarterback in the worst way. None of the other Sooners quarterbacks played horrendously in the spring game. Still, it’s crystal clear Jeff Lebby and Brent Venables evaluated the spring and felt that they needed a player with experience on the quarterback depth chart.
Football is a play-by-play sport, and one play is all it takes for the Sooners to lose starter Dillon Gabriel.
The Sooners won’t have to worry about that and will enter the summer with another arm at their disposal as they begin to prepare for the start of the 2022 season.
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