Spencer Rattler

When he committed to the University of Oklahoma as a member of the 2019 Sooner class, quarterback Spencer Rattler was the top recruit in the country. He was seen as Jalen Hurts’ successor and the future of the Oklahoma Sooners’ football team.

He was everyone’s favorite quarterback and the future of Oklahoma until he wasn’t, and that happened far sooner (no pun intended) than anyone anticipated, including Rattler. Sooner’s quarterback Rattler lost favor with head coach Lincoln Riley after starting 19 straight games and will not play again for the Sooners after October 9, 2021.

It was after the 2021 season that Rattler left Oklahoma. There’s no doubt that the events of last season and his time as a Sooner have left him with a bitter taste in his mouth. He transferred to South Carolina and will be the starting quarterback for head coach Shane Beamer and the Gamecocks in the season opener on Saturday.

A week before the start of the new season, Rattler has made it plain that he is done talking about the past and wants to focus on what lies ahead because he has been asked a lot of questions regarding his time at Oklahoma this offseason.

A reporter’s question about what it was like to be on the field at OU irked Rattler during a news conference this week ahead of South Carolina’s season opener. What I’m saying is just South Carolina,” Rattler shot back. What we did on the way out, I can’t even recall. Basically, we just ran out of time.

After sitting out in 2019 to preserve his redshirt eligibility, Rattler stepped into the starting lineup for Oklahoma University and contributed greatly as a rookie. He had a completion percentage of over 68% and threw for over 3,000 yards and 28 touchdowns. In the following season, things took a dramatic turn for the better.

The former five-star prospect started the 2021 season as the starting quarterback, but he was replaced by another No. 1 QB recruit, Caleb Williams, before halfway of the game against Texas and demoted to backup duty for the rest of the season.

It’s safe to assume the news didn’t make Rattler happy. He finished the season on the team’s roster despite playing in only a handful of roles in the final seven games. After the 2021 season, the former high school sensation decided to transfer universities, and the news spread like wildfire.

Even though Rattler ended up in South Carolina, he had ties to Oklahoma. In Rattler’s first two years at OU, assistant coach Shane Beamer was a key figure. Former Oklahoma Sooners teammate and current South Carolina Tigers TE Austin Stogner is playing with the redshirt junior quarterback.

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Spencer Rattler

In his redshirt freshman year, Rattler battled Tanner Mordecai for the starting position. Rattler replaced Mordecai as the starting quarterback after Lincoln Riley made the announcement on September 1. Rattler’s first start came on September 12 against Missouri State. Rattler’s eight touchdown passes in the first two weeks of a season tied the Oklahoma record set by quarterback Sam Bradford in 2008.

In his second game, though, Rattler and the Sooners were defeated by Kansas State, which was not the best start to his starting career. Rattler passed for 300 yards and two touchdowns in his team’s shocking loss to Iowa State, which came in his third career start. Iowa State had previously lost 24 consecutive games at home against Oklahoma before this setback. In the Red River Rivalry game, Rattler and the Sooners staged a comeback and ultimately defeated Texas.

After 4 OTs, Rattler beat Tom Herman for the third time as an OU quarterback. Rattler hurt his hip while playing for Kansas on November 7. As the team’s starting quarterback, he led the Oklahoma Sooners to their sixth straight Big 12 title with a 27-21 victory over Iowa State.

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