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January 26, 2013

Sooners’ Allen exploring transfer options

NORMAN — Oklahoma quarterback Drew Allen admitted earlier this month that the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic could be his final game as a Sooner.

After reports surfaced on Thursday that he was exploring the option of transferring for his senior season, Allen took to Twitter Friday afternoon to explain the situation.

“For the record: I have a permission to contact form that allows me to look around, talk to other schools, “ he tweeted. “Doesn’t mean I am transferring yet.”

Allen has played in 12 games over the last three seasons but hasn’t attempted a pass since the 2011 season. All indications point to junior Blake Bell being named the Sooners’ starting quarterback in 2013. Sophomore Kendal Thompson and redshirt freshman Trevor Knight also are going to contend for playing time.

Allen is on course to graduate in May but would still have a season of eligibility remaining. Under those circumstances, the NCAA typically doesn’t require players to sit out a season if they want to transfer to another FBS school.

Allen is exploring the options, but it’s doubtful a decision will be made until later in the spring.

“The option’s there,” Allen said earlier this month. “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.”

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