Well, we finally got the news that most of us had assumed was coming from the Oklahoma Sooners football program. It became essentially official that former high school standout quarterback Drew Allen was not practicing with the team this spring and was planning to transfer after he graduates in May. NCAA rules allow a student athlete like Allen to transfer to another FBS school without sitting out a year due to the fact that he will have finished his degree.
When Allen arrived at Norman, the odds weren’t great for him to see the field. Sam Bradford was already in place and the Sooners had already brought in his replacement in Landry Jones. But like so many heralded recruits, their egos override their good sense and they follow a program and don’t pay attention to just how potentially daunting their personal struggle will be to get on the field.
So it should come as a surprise to no one that after sitting behind Landry and then losing that spot to fellow quarterback Blake Bell, the writing is on the wall that Allen has no real shot at seeing the field in 2013. With a possible shift in scheme on offense Allen could have once again been third on the depth chart.
But thankfully for him, Allen will be able to transfer after he graduates and according to NCAA rule will not need to sit a year. This means that if he still clings to the hopes of salvaging a football career whether it’s college or the pros, he’ll likely have one season to do it. The question then becomes, where would he transfer to? It seems the University of Indiana would make the most sense as that’s his home state and he had stated that he’d like to get back closer to home. We should know in the coming weeks just where he’s going to go, but for me I just hope he goes somewhere that gives him an opportunity to play.