Oklahoma just lost a little depth at the quarterback position. Justice Hansen has decided to transfer from the Sooner program. He announced the decision on Wednesday evening via Twitter.
I have done a lot of thinking, talking with friends and family, and most importantly, praying. 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. I can’t thank coach Stoops, coach Riley and all the other coaches enough for how they have treated me during my time at OU.
I would also like to thank my teammates for pushing me and allowing me to be part of the family. 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. God Bless.
Hansen came to Oklahoma as a local four-star recruit out of Edmond, Oklahoma as part of the 2014 class, and redshirted his first year. In a statement Bob Stoops acknowledged Hansen’s decision.
“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 didn’t specifically give a reason for the transfer, but with former quarterbacks coach Josh Huepel given the boot at the end of last season, and the quarterback competition coming down to incumbent starter Trevor Knight and Texas Tech transfer Baker Mayfield, along with redshirt sophomore Cody Thomas waiting in the wings, it’s unlikely Hansen would have seen the field anytime soon.
While the Sooners have three scholarship QB’s left, the departure could possible pose an issue down the road. Hansen was the only QB signed in 2014, and OU didn’t sign a quarterback in 2015. The Sooners do already have a four-star quarterback committed for the 2016 class, but until the LOI is signed and submitted, you never know.
There hasn’t been any indication given on where the redshirt sophomore could end up, but if Hansen wants to stay at the FBS level he’ll have to sit a year in accordance with NCAA transfer rules.