NORMAN — Oklahoma backup quarterback Drew Allen was given permission to explore other opportunities, making it likely he’ll play his senior season elsewhere, according to a source close to Allen.
“He’s looking around,” the source said.
An OU spokesman said Allen hasn’t formally requested permission to contact other schools.
The news was first reported by SoonerScoop.com, the Rivals network site that covers OU.
Allen, who is on course to graduate in May but still has a year of eligibility remaining, could transfer to another Football Bowl Subdivision university and be immediately eligible.
Under certain circumstances, the NCAA doesn’t require its usual one-year benching for transfers between FBS schools.
Blake Bell, a junior next season, supplanted Allen as Landry Jones’ backup before the 2012 season. Since then, with Bell likely the favorite to start next season — plus the emergence of redshirt freshman Trevor Knight, who starred on the scout team — there has been speculation that Allen might transfer.
“The option’s there,” Allen said during the week before Oklahoma’s Jan. 4 Cotton Bowl loss to Texas A&M. “My goals and aspirations since I came to college were to play. I’ve always wanted to play here and have a significant role here and I’d love to do that.”
Allen didn’t take a single snap during the 2012 season. During his sophomore season in 2011, Allen appeared in five games and completed nine of 16 passes for 71 yards.