Spencer Rattler was thrilled to get out of Oklahoma’s ‘toxic’ situation

South Carolina quarterback Spencer Rattler is so happy he’s no longer playing for Oklahoma Football.

Now in South Carolina, former Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler is relieved to no longer play for the Sooners.

The former five-star recruit from Phoenix spent his first three college seasons playing for Lincoln Riley at Norman. He backed Jalen Hurts in 2019 as a true freshman. After a rocky 2020 season, Rattler lost his starting job to Caleb Williams in the middle of last year. With Riley moving to USC soon and Williams set to follow soon, Rattle is happy to have found a new team in the SEC.

“A lot of guys don’t get a chance to start where they’re really needed,” Rattler told ESPN. “I was just happy to get out of a toxic situation and into a new place.

“Everywhere was better and I found the right place.”

Spencer Rattler calls Oklahoma football program ‘a toxic situation’

Of course there is a lot to unpack here. Riley’s Oklahoma program may have been a little more combustible than most outsiders even realised, but Rattler isn’t without flaws either. Inconsistent play and questionable leadership saw him rode Pine to another five-star quarterback in the second half of the season who hadn’t played ball in two years. It’s just time to move on from here.

Rattler joins a burgeoning team in the SEC East to fill in for a familiar face in Shane Beamer, who was one of Riley’s Oklahoma associates prior to his Columbia takeover. Unlike Oklahoma, South Carolina is not expected to compete for conference championships or places in the college football playoffs. It’s all about building on a successful season and eclipsing Beamer’s delicious mayo dip.

If all goes well for South Carolina, the Gamecocks can win nine games and push Kentucky or Tennessee to Georgia for second place in the SEC East. More importantly, playing for a coach he trusts at a new pitch allows the former five-star player to play the best football of his collegiate career in the toughest conference out there. This is how Rattler can recapture its sunken depth.

It might be a stronger league but look for Rattler to get some strained football back on.

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John Verrall

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