Oklahoma will start fall drills with only three scholarship quarterbacks as redshirt freshman Justice Hansen announced last week that he would transfer to another school to get a better chance to play.
Hansen was probably going to be the fourth option in OU’s quarterback race behind Trevor Knight, Baker Mayfield and Cody Thomas – who have all started and won games in the Big 12. Knight and Mayfield are juniors while Thomas is sophomore. OU did not sign a quarterback in its last recruiting class.
“I have done a lot of thinking, talking with friends and family, and most importantly, praying,” Hansen said in a statement. “In the end I feel it is in my best interest to move on from the University of Oklahoma and continue my football career elsewhere.
“The university was a great experience and I appreciate the opportunity I had to proudly represent it. I wish nothing but the best for OU in the future.”
Hansen played at Edmond Santa Fe. During the spring game, Hansen attempted five passes, compared to 13 for Knight and Mayfield and 12 for Thomas.
Freshman Connor McGinnis of Heritage Hall will be a walkon quarterback at OU this fall. And Austin Kendall, a four-star quarterback from Waxhaw, North Carolina, has committed to sign with the Sooners for next year. That commitment is not binding. Rivals ranks Kendall as the No. 27 quarterback in the nation.
Knight started most games for OU last season but injuries contributed to sub-par performances, including a loss to Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
Thomas started three games last year when Knight was out. Mayfield, who transferred from Texas Tech, was ineligible last season.
OU coach Bob Stoops has not picked a starter and has said that the competition will be open this fall. New offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley promises a more wide open offense.
“We have met with Justice and certainly understand his desire to explore options that might provide him with more opportunity,” Stoops said in the statement. “He has our full support. He has been an outstanding team member and will make someone a good quarterback.”
Hansen chose Oklahoma over offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Kansas State, Ole Miss, Missouri and Texas A&M. Hansen’s father, Dusty, was on Oklahoma’s 1994 national championship baseball team.
Five players have now left OU in the offseason, including transfers Hansen; running backs David Smith and Keith Ford; tight end Taylor McNamara; and wide receiver K.J. Young (dismissed for violation of team rules).