NORMAN – The Oklahoma Sooners have named their starting quarterback for the 2020 season.
Much to the surprise of nobody, Spencer Rattler will be taking the snaps for Lincoln Riley and the Sooners offense this fall.
Rattler has been the long-anointed starter for this season essentially ever since he committed to Oklahoma.
The 5-star recruit out of Arizona has an undeniable star power that is unheard of for a player who has yet to actually start a game at the collegiate level.
This is always about the time of the year when OU announces who the quarterback will be – early in the week the week before the first game.
As Riley said himself – it was time.
For fans more unfamiliar with Rattler’s personality, expect a much bigger one than what OU had last season with Jalen Hurts.
“He’s definitely different than Jalen,” Riley said. “He’s probably some more between Baker (Mayfield) and Kyler (Murray) a little bit…he seems to always have a lot of confidence regardless of the situation he’s in.”
Lincoln went on to say that Rattler still has a lot of room for improvement despite being so talented right now.
“I think his preparation has continued to improve and mentally he’s in a good place,” Riley said. “There’s still going to be a ton of growth to happen but I think he’s on a good trajectory right now.”
While everyone knew Rattler would be the guy this season, Oklahoma has always stood by the stance that Tanner Mordecai was worthy of a legitimate competition.
Riley didn’t elect to specify why, but he said that Mordecai was forced to miss a significant chunk of practice in recent weeks.
It was always going to be Rattler, but with that situation for Tanner he clearly never had a chance.
But, should Rattler go down or be out for COVID-19, Lincoln said he was “extremely” confident in Mordecai or even Chandler Morris if he needed to use them.
The other big OU news of the day was some kickoff announcements.
Missouri State will be at 6:00 on pay-per-view next Saturday night, Kansas State will be at 11:00 on FOX, and the OU-Texas game will once again be at 11:00 on FOX as well.
Between the starting quarterback announcement and the kickoff time releases, it sure feels like football is here.
This weird offseason is just about over, football time is upon us.
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