750 THE GAME STAFF
The Oregon Ducks will go from one of the nation’s most experienced quarterbacks to another, as Oklahoma transfer Dillon Gabriel committed to UO over the weekend to be the successor to Bo Nix and the Ducks offense as it heads to the Big Ten.
Nix, who was in New York City over the weekend as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, was asked by CBS Sports host Zach Gelb for his reaction to Gabriel’s transfer. Nix is out of eligibility and headed for the NFL draft after setting a new NCAA record with 61 career starts.
“I feel almost like, once I leave, I guess I just have to be a fan again and just watch from a different point of view,” Nix said. “I’m happy that they’re doing what they think is best. Coach Lanning is going to do a good job of putting guys around the team who he thinks is going to win games. Obviously the transfer portal worked out for me so hopefully it continues to have a positive effect on college football.”
As for his advice for Gabriel, Nix emphasized putting in the work behind the scenes.
“I think you just got to work in silence. Earn your stripes early. Go in there and try to do what he can to win over the team. But it’s going to be up to him.”
Gabriel posted on social media his commitment to the Ducks while wearing his jersey number eight, a move he says was approved by fellow Hawaiian and Ducks legend Marcus Mariota.
The left-handed signal-caller will enter his sixth season of major college football after playing at Central Florida and Oklahoma the five previous years.
— Zach Gelb (@ZachGelb) December 9, 2023
— Dillon Gabriel (@_dillongabriel_) December 9, 2023