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Spencer Rattler Enters Transfer Portal After Lincoln Riley Leaves For USC

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The state of football at Oklahoma has quite literally changed in the span of 24 hours.

After Lincoln Riley accepted the head coaching position at USC on Sunday, redshirt sophomore quarterback Spencer Rattler announced his plans to enter the transfer portal on Monday. This was expected even if Riley stayed at Oklahoma, but now it’s official. Rattler penned a thank you to Sooner nation on his Twitter.

“Thank you for allowing me to be a student-athlete at this prestigious institution,” Rattler wrote. “Thank you to every teammate and coach these last three seasons. We won several games together and made memories that I will cherish forever. Special thanks to my family and friends for your support.

“Thank God for the game of football. It’s the ultimate team sport and brings people and communities together unlike anything else.”

Rattler has seen his entire path change over the course of a few months. He entered the season as the Heisman Trophy favorite and the frontrunner to be the first overall pick of the 2022 NFL Draft, but things haven’t gone as planned.

Even though the Sooners started 5-0 under Rattler, his inconsistent play quickly became the story. Fans and fellow students openly called for Rattler to be benched and booed him during games. After falling behind 28-7 to rival Texas in the Red River Showdown on Oct. 9, Riley finally did it. He benched Rattler in favor of freshman quarterback Caleb Williams, who led Oklahoma to a comeback and defeated Texas 55-48. From there, Williams had the job.

Rattler played sparingly down the stretch, throwing just 11 passes after the Texas game. He finished his Oklahoma career with a 70.1 completion percentage for 4,595 yards with 40 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 23 games. Rattler led Oklahoma to a Big 12 Championship in 2020 and a 55-20 victory over Florida in the Cotton Bowl.

Rattler will now look for his next destination to finish his college career. South Carolina appears to be an obvious choice, due to his connection with head coach Shane Beamer. Beamer served as assistant head coach under Riley from 2018-2020.

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Written by Nick Geddes

Nick is a 2021 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in political science. Nick is a life-long sports fan who is proud to say he suffered through 15 years of Bucs futility to witness a Super Bowl victory in 2020. Nick has a passion for writing and is proud to represent OutKick. Follow me on Twitter @NickGeddesNews and on Instagram @nick.geddes.

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    • It will likely cause them to be mediocre for several years even if they KEEP all of the players. I do think Riley jumping now and all of the players leaving may be an indicator they are coming in 2022 and not at a later date.

    • As a huge fan of UT, even I can’t agree with that in any form. OU has been and always will be relevant. They’ll “struggle” for next 2 years but their track record speaks for itself. If Barry switzer or bob stoops leaving didn’t sink them to irrelevance, I doubt Riley will. The real programs who should be worried about plunging are any teams remaining in new big 12. Otherwise known as the new mountain west…

      • I agree that Oklahoma is a top 5-10 alltime program that will do just fine in the SEC. Texas on the other hand, that’s a different story all together but I digress. I think the balance of the Big12 will be fine. The addition of Cinncinati, UCF, Houston and BYU, while not the brands of Oklahoma or Texas, will be good for recruiting. Basketball will continue to be strong as OK and Texas don’t really bring much to that other than a first/second round exit from the NCAA Tourney so they fit right in the SEC from that standpoint, mediocre at best.

  1. You can say a number of things about UT (the real one). How we have the MOST money, best facilities, located in one of most desirable cities in the world, home to legends like VY and moments like 4th & 5. But something that CANNOT be said, is we could have a coach poached away from us. We are the illegal hunters in Africa doing the poaching.
    HOOK ‘EM.

  2. Rattler would be a perfect fit in Heupel’s system
    and style at UT. If you want to put up huge numbers and get noticed in college his offense is the way to go. Nobody knew who Hendon Hooker was to start the season, he wasn’t even the number one guy on his own roster to start the season, and will end up with the second highest QB rating in the SEC. Plus you play on the biggest stage in football in the SEC.

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