Oklahoma Sooners head coach Brett Venables, who recruited junior transfer quarterback Dillon Gabriel after he decided to leave the UCF Golden Knights, had a lot to say about the program’s presumptive new guy under center. He had a lot of good things to say, in fact.
“When we were in the recruiting process, it really didn’t take much recruiting,” Venables said, per 247Sports. “It was already kind of a — when we asked him, he was ready to come with just a few questions to be answered. But he’s a leader. He’s a worked. He’s very ambitious. He’s self-driven. Very humble. Incredibly confident. Great self awareness. Understands where he needs to get better. And that’s just through conversation. But guys follow him. The best of the best make others around them better, and he’s intentionally done that through relationships and work. But he’s a good athlete, got good quickness.
“Very, very competitive — ultra competitive — and just got a great sense of humility to him that is fun to deal with,” Venables later continued. “Our job’s hard enough as it is. If I was a jerk up here, y’all would still have to cover Oklahoma. But it wouldn’t be as fun for y’all, and it certainly wouldn’t be fun for me if y’all was dealing with a jerk either. And same thing if you’re coaching — it’s no different. You can become disinterested in coaching somebody that doesn’t want to be coached. That happens over time, too. That makes coaching no fun, when there’s not ‘buy in,’ when there’s not guys that want to be held accountable, things of that nature. But man, he’s a pro in every way.”
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: ‘He’s a pretty cool customer’: Texas QB Quinn Ewers makes spring debut
Austin American-Statesman: Scheffler has barely changed after two wins, his bank account aside
Austin American-Statesman: Texas Relays will feature top high school, pro, college stars again
Dallas Morning News: Texas spring breakout candidates: Jahleel Billingsley to provide experience and elite playmaking
Dallas Morning News: Plenty of storylines at Texas spring practice, but none more discussed than Quinn Ewers and QB1
Dallas Morning News: 3 questions facing Texas football as spring practice begins: When will there be a QB1 decision?
247Sports: The Insider: Getting the buy-in Sarkisian needs to turn things around
247Sports: Texas football: Steve Sarkisian on Quinn Ewers, competition with Hudson Card after first spring practice
247Sports: Steve Sarkisian recaps Texas’ first spring practice
247Sports: The Brew: Your first spring football practice report
Inside Texas: Wednesday: More tidbits from Texas’ first spring practice
Inside Texas: Inside Texas Today: How did Longhorn newcomers fare in day one?
Inside Texas: Talkin’ practice: Longhorn spring practice report from day one
Inside Texas: 2022 Texas Longhorns Spring Football Preview: Tight ends
ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
247Sports: Mike at Night: Texas adds new recruiting staffer to personnel department
247Sports: Texas among schools standing out for 2024 linebacker Payton Pierce
247Sports: Next few visits will be important for Top247 RB Cedric Baxter Jr.
247Sports: 2024 ATH Jason Brown opens up on recruitment
Inside Texas: 10 key Texas recruiting battles to watch this spring
Inside Texas: Texas Longhorns recruiting: 94th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays
BIG 12 BREAKDOWN
Crimson and Cream Machine: Oklahoma Football: Projecting the spring depth chart - defense
The Smoking Musket: Three-day install brings hope to offense
The Smoking Musket: Newest linebacker provides ‘speed at the position’
The Smoking Musket: Rough road trip for WVU baseball
WHAT WE’RE READING
SB Nation: It’s unbelievable how much the NFL QB picture has changed since 2019
SB Nation: How South Carolina built a women’s March Madness powerhouse after last year’s disappointment
NEWS ACROSS THE FORTY ACRES AND BEYOND
- Brock Cunningham is running it back, y’all.
I’m sorry for the confusion. My last tweet was to show my appreciation of the university and the support we received. I will return to play at texas while I finish a masters program. #sorry #hookem #texas— Brock Cunningham (@Brockolli13) March 22, 2022
- Texas softball takes on the Texas State Bobcats tonight at 6pm Central.