Oklahoma Sooners coach Lincoln Riley named redshirt freshman Spencer Rattler as the Sooners’ starting quarterback on Tuesday.
Rattler was expected to be named the starter, however it Lincoln Riley had no plans to make it official until Rattler, the former No. 1 dual-threat QB prospect in the Class of 2019, earned the job in his eyes.
At Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, Rattler was a star, setting an Arizona state record with 11,083 passing yards and he threw 116 TD passes. He ran for more than 1,000 yards with 14 rushing TDs in his high school career.
He’ll be the fourth starting quarterback for the Sooners in the past four seasons, following Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray and Jalen Hurts. Of course those three were all transfers, while Rattler will be the first homegrown QB Riley has had a chance to showcase during his time in Norman.
Riley told reporters on Tuesday, “Spencer has played very well and certainly very deserving of it. I just felt like there was enough separation right now.”
His main competitor was Tanner Mordecai, who suffered an injury in fall practice and missed some time while fighting for the starting spot. Riley said he missed “70 to 75%” of fall camp snaps.
Riley said he would not try to compare Rattler to any of his predecessors, two in Mayfield and Murray, who won Heisman Trophies, saying, “There are some bits and pieces of all of them. He’s definitely different than Jalen. Probably a little bit more outgoing, maybe somewhere in between Kyler and Baker a little bit. But he has a natural confidence and kind of charisma about himself. He seems to always have a lot of confidence regardless of the situation that he’s in, which I think is key for anybody at that position.”
The Big 12 announced kick off times for Week 1 games on Tuesday, with Oklahoma vs. Missouri State kicking off at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 12th.
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