Justice Hansen transferring from OU

OU is down to three quarterbacks as redshirt freshman Justice Hansen announces he is going to leave the program.

Oklahoma redshirt freshman quarterback Justice Hansen announced Wednesday afternoon he is going to transfer from the program.

In a statement, Hansen said:

“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 was a four-star prospect ranked No. 261 in the Scout 300 for the 2014 class and was recruited by former offensive coordinator Josh Heupel since he was a freshman at Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe.

The loss of Hansen is a huge one, leaving only three scholarship quarterbacks in Norman for the 2015 season. The good news is all three (Baker Mayfield, Trevor Knight and Cody Thomas) have all started games in their career.

Hansen was the lone quarterback to not throw an interception in the spring game, completing all five of his passes for 70 yards.

Following the departure of Heupel, there was a question about whether or not Hansen would fit the offense set in place with first-year coordinator Lincoln Riley.

Hansen said all the right things in the spring but has decided to leave the program. Sources close to Edmond Santa Fe said Hansen’s intention is to transfer to another FBS program, meaning Hansen will have to sit out this upcoming season.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Hansen would be granted his full release.

"We have met with Justice and certainly understand his desire to explore options that might provide him with more opportunity," Stoops said in a release. "He has our full support. He has been an outstanding team member and will make someone a good quarterback. We will give him a full release so he can transfer with no restrictions."

OU didn’t sign a quarterback for the 2015 class but did accept a preferred walk-on in Oklahoma City Heritage Hall quarterback Connor McGinnis.

Hansen was a huge star in high school and was down to OU and Texas A&M before selecting the Sooners.

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