Oklahoma Sooners

Caleb Williams Was ‘So Angry’ That He Didn’t Immediately Start at Oklahoma

When Oklahoma landed Caleb Williams, the No. 1 QB and top-rated player in the 2021 class, everyone in Norman knew they’d gotten something special.

Despite that fact, Spencer Rattler was coming off a fantastic 2020 season and was easily named the starter entering the season. It was clear that Williams’ time would come sooner rather than later, but nobody questioned Lincoln Riley’s decision to start Rattler over the uber-talented freshman.

However, it didn’t take long for the controversy to begin. By the time Oklahoma faced Texas in the Cotton Bowl, there was a clear division in the Sooners’ fanbase on who should be the starter, and eventually Williams won the day.


He wasn’t happy that it’d taken that long, though. In a recent appearance on the “Pivot Podcast,” Williams says that he was “so angry” that he wasn’t the starter in Norman from the beginning.

“At the time, I was so angry. So frustrated because I didn’t feel like…that wasn’t what I wanted to hear because I felt like I was the best. I felt like I could have helped us win all the games. Get more reps. Get later in the season, and I’m ready for those moments later in the season. So, I didn’t get those reps. So, I kept preparing the best I could so when I had my moment, there was no way he was ever going to get it back.”

Looking back now, it would be hard to argue with Williams, as he proved he was the best player in the country the following year by winning the Heisman Trophy with the USC Trojans and now he’ll be the No. 1 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Meanwhile, Spencer Rattler spent a couple middling seasons with South Carolina and will likely be a Day 2 or Day 3 selection.

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