Former Oklahoma starting quarterback Spencer Rattler will transfer to South Carolina, the redshirt sophomore announced on Twitter. Rattler reunites with Gamecocks head coach Shane Beamer, a former Sooners assistant, in Columbia.
Rattler entered 2021 as a preseason Heisman favorite and presumed first-round pick for the 2022 NFL Draft following a strong 2020 season. However, Oklahoma’s offense was sluggish to open the year, combining for just 39 points in wins over Nebraska and West Virginia in early-season tests. With the Sooners down double-digits against Texas in the Red River Showdown in October, Rattler was benched in favor of backup Caleb Williams, who led the biggest comeback in the history of the rivalry. Williams then started the rest of the season.
An Arizona native, Rattler completed 74.9% of his passes for 1,483 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions in 2021. He enters a South Carolina quarterback room that dealt with massive injuries and inconsistency in Beamer’s first year with the program. Three players threw at least 89 passes, but the roster combined to complete just 57.7% of passes for 2,373 yards.
Rattler will be joined by a familiar name as former Oklahoma tight end Austin Stogner will join his quarterback as a transfer for the Gamecocks. Stogner caught 14 passes for 166 yards and three touchdowns for the Sooners in 2021 and should immediately be a contributor.
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Monster pickup for Beamer
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