On Tuesday afternoon, the worst kept secret in all of college football became a reality. Stepping up to the podium during a press conference, Lincoln Riley publicly named a starting quarterback. Scheduled to take on the Missouri State Bears, it should come as no surprise that Spencer Rattler will take the field with the offense on September 12th.
A highly touted dual-threat quarterback, Rattler entered the fold after signing with the Oklahoma Sooners as a member of the 2019 Recruiting Class. Rapidly learning and grasping an understanding of the current system, the freshman saw playing time in three games during the previous campaign. Attempting, eleven passes and completing seven of those, Rattler connected with receivers for a total of 81 yards and a single touchdown.
While those numbers are nothing to write home about, it gave the fanbase a glimpse of the athletic ability possessed by a single individual. Considered a better passer than Rattler’s predecessor — despite not playing significant minutes on the collegiate level — the long line of dominance at the position appears to continue. Needless to say, high expectations rest on the signal caller’s shoulders fair or not.
The announcement also resigns Tanner Mordecai to yet another year in the backup role. As an experienced player in this offense, Mordecai offers a capable replacement should anything happen to Rattler throughout the course of the season.