One of the country’s top midfielders could start his side’s game on Saturday sitting on the bench.
Spencer Rattler, once considered Heisman’s number one sprinter and likely to be a top five in the 2022 NFL Draft, saw a stark reversal of fortune in 2021 — the year he received more attention for his setbacks on the field than he made for playing. . capacity.
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This was evident in sitting real freshman Caleb Williams at the Red River Showdown: He struggled hard in the first half, making two turns, as Texas jumped to a 28-7 lead in the first quarter. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley inadvertently created a media circus by refusing to name a player or otherwise address the situation, but said briefly after his team’s 55-48 win that he put Rattler off the bench due to rotation issues.
Rattler finished the game and completed 8 of 15 passes for 111 yards and an interception, adding minus 9 lunges and a losing tackle in five rounds. After his second spin—both of which landed the Texans—Riley courted him for Williams, starting with the Sooners’ final drive in the first half. However, Riley credited Rattler for completing a crucial two-point conversion attempt to tie the match at 41-41 in the fourth quarter. He also said he was considering letting him get back in the Sooners’ Sooners car, which Williams eventually drove.
Saturday’s game wasn’t the first time Ratler had struggled, not only this year, but also in previous seasons. Consider facing Red River 2020: Then, as in 2021, Riley aligned Rattler in favor of Tanner Mordecai after a first-half falter and interception by the starter. Unlike in 2021, Spencer took charge after the break, completing 15 of 24 passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Sooners to an additional 4-time win over the Longhorns. Oklahoma did not lose another game en route to season 9-2.
After sitting against the Texas, including the second inning against the Longhorns, Rattler completed 137 of 212 passes (61.1 percent) for 1,983 yards and 17 touchdowns to two interceptions. He also added four degrees of dash. In all, he finished the 2020 season with 3,031 passing passing yards, a 67.5 completion percentage and 32 total touchdowns.
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Six games into the 2021 season, it seems Ratler hasn’t been able to build his freshman campaign. While it is true that he has an incredible 74.3 completion rate, he has only passed over 300 yards once and has interceptions in four games. He has 10 passing touchdowns and five interceptions during six starts. He also has three fast descents and two deflections.
Rattler’s relatively below-average play didn’t negatively impact the Sooners’ record, but Oklahoma struggled to score singles possession victories over Tulane, Nebraska, West Virginia, Kansas, State 21 and Texas. The only team that has defeated the Sooners by more than one possession is FCS opponent Western Carolina, who lost 76-0 to Oklahoma in Week 2.
Rattler play she has He was noticed by the Sooners faithful, including fans who booed him in Week 4 against West Virginia. They also called for Williams to come on as a substitute in what was ultimately a 16-13 win in Oklahoma. Riley finally forced them two weeks later.
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Where does that leave Rattler going forward? Under the NCAA’s new one-time transfer rule, it is conceivable to enter the transfer portal and take on a team in need of a quarterback. He has three more years of eligibility, including the 2021 season, and can rebuild his inventory at another school. Another possible move would be to give up his final years of eligibility to prepare for the NFL Draft, a move that has gained popularity in recent years among many eligible prospects.
Right now, the Oklahoma quarterback appears to be committed to the Sooners at least through the season. His father, Mike Rattler, said they would reassess the situation after the 2021 campaign.
Mike Rattler told Daily OU. “Hopefully he plays in the National Championship on January 10, and then we’ll rate him as much as if there are teams that are interested in him in the NFL, we’ll look into that.
“If we think, ‘Hey, you know what, we might have to do another year or something in Oklahoma, wherever’…we leave our options open while it comes down to it, but for the most part, right now, no I’m not talking about it.” Even, because he has a task at hand to deal with.”