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Former Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler announces transfer to South Carolina

Former Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler announced he is transferring to South Carolina in a tweet Monday. Rattler entered the 2021 season with the expectation that he’d cap off his stellar college football career by going first overall in the 2022 NFL Draft, but that plan quickly fell through, which led him to enter the transfer portal.


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Rattler’s inconsistent play this year resulted in a midseason benching in favor of freshman Caleb Williams, who earned a 90.8 PFF grade in Rattler’s stead. After taking 204 dropbacks from Weeks 1-6 at the helm, Rattler handled just 15 dropbacks across Oklahoma’s last six contests.

  • In 2020, his first season starting, Rattler graded out at 92.5, the fourth-highest mark by a quarterback in the FBS 
  • Entering the 2021 season, Rattler was named PFF’s top returning quarterback
  • In 2021, his grade fell to 86.1. He was subsequently benched for Williams, who posted a 90.8 grade in the same offense

The 21-year-old immediately becomes the best quarterback on South Carolina’s roster and has a good chance to bounce back from the poor 2021 campaign. His arm talent is almost unmatched in college football, and his issues are simply due to him not being willing to throw from the pocket often enough and bailing from too many clean pockets.

South Carolina’s quarterback situation in 2021 was as bad as any in college football. Three signal-callers took at least 100 dropbacks, with North Dakota State grad transfer Zeb Noland — who came in as an assistant coach at first — leading the team with a 76.1 grade.

There is still immense talent within Rattler that Gamecocks head coach Shane Beamer and his offensive staff will try to unlock. Beamer was the associate head coach and tight ends coach at Oklahoma from 2018-2020 and has a relationship with Rattler and tight end Austin Stogner, who also announced he is transferring to South Carolina.

Stogner was a four-star prospect who caught 47 passes in three years for the Sooners, with a career-high of 26 in 2020. His grade dropped to 68.4 in 2021 after he recorded an 85.2 mark in 2020.

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