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Oklahoma's Gabe Ikard happy for former roommate, Syracuse quarterback Drew Allen

by Jason Kersey Modified: September 4, 2013 at 4:05 pm •  Published: September 4, 2013
Syracuse quarterback Drew Allen, left, talks to Penn State's Christian Hackenberg after the Nittany Lions' win last weekend. Allen transferred from OU. AP PHOTO
Syracuse quarterback Drew Allen, left, talks to Penn State's Christian Hackenberg after the Nittany Lions' win last weekend. Allen transferred from OU. AP PHOTO

NORMAN — Oklahoma senior center Gabe Ikard admitted it was a little “awkward” when his longtime roommate and friend Drew Allen chose to transfer to Syracuse for his final season of eligibility.

“It was kind of different,” Ikard said. “I just gave him a hug, a little exchange. But I’ll see that kid again. It’ll be alright.”

Allen was a backup quarterback for four years, but he fell down the depth chart when coach Bob Stoops announced Blake Bell would be the Sooners’ second quarterback behind Landry Jones last August.

Allen took advantage of NCAA rules that allow players who graduate with eligibility remaining to transfer and play immediately at their new school. He started Syracuse’s season-opening loss to Penn State last weekend.

“He let me know he got the starting job when the coaches told him,” Ikard said. “I’m very happy for him. I know they lost a close one up there against Penn State, but I’m really happy he’s getting an opportunity to play and an opportunity to show the skills he has on the football field.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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