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Spencer Rattler’s Freshman Season Even More Impressive Than it Appears

Just because Spencer Rattler is a freshman, we should not overlook his accomplishments this season. Despite being snubbed out of the first team All-Big 12 quarterback pick, he had one hell of a season in Norman in his first year as a starter.

However, Heartland College Sports is not the place where he was overlooked. If you go back and look at my All-Big 12 team, you will find Spencer’s name at the top as my first team quarterback ahead of Iowa State’s Brock Purdy.

Look at the head-to-head comparison, it really isn’t that close. Brock Purdy threw for just 18 touchdowns and had nine interceptions while completing 66.4% of his passes this season. Meanwhile Spencer Rattler threw for 25 touchdowns and had just seven picks in one fewer game. And he threw for more yards and had a better completion percentage. To me, Spencer Rattler earned that spot and much like the rest of Oklahoma’s team, a few guys were snubbed off that All-Big 12 team selected by the coaches.


But could Spencer Rattler’s season have been better statistically? According to PFF, Spencer had the most dropped touchdown passes this season as he had a total of nine drops in the end zone which was four more than the next highest quarterback.

Let’s say five of those drops turn into catches. Not only does Spencer’s rating boost, but his touchdowns go from 25 to 30. That would put him in the top six in touchdown passes this season. And if they were all caught? Spencer would be behind only Florida’s Kyle Trask in touchdown passes.

Who knows what would have happened if some of those dropped touchdowns were caught. Maybe nothing would change, but maybe Spencer Rattler would be a Heisman finalist. Of course winning games matter and Oklahoma lost two games early on in the season which did not help. Whether you like Oklahoma or not, you must admit, they have yet again found another superstar quarterback.

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