Spencer Rattler will seek to rebuild his stock over the next season at a new school and under a coach he knows well.
The former Oklahoma quarterback announced Monday night that he had signed up in South Carolina. Rattler, a sophomore redshirt student, entered the transfer portal on November 29, the day after coach Lincoln Riley left OU for Southern California. He meets again with Shane Beamer, who was assistant head coach / tight ends to Riley for three years before taking the head coach job in South Carolina last year.
The early signing phase for the class of 2022 begins on Wednesday.
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Riley benched Rattler for newcomer Caleb Williams this year after a series of lackluster performances. The final straw was Rattler’s game in the Red River Showdown vs. Texas; he was 8 for 15 for 111 yards and had an interception against the Longhorns.
Rattler attempted just 12 more passes for the remainder of the season, 10 of them for 112 yards and a touchdown. His totals for 2021: 140 of 187 passing games (74.9 completion percentage), 1,483 yards, 11 touchdowns, five interceptions.
Those numbers – and the downgrade – were the hard landing in Rattler’s Fall. He started the season as a contender for the Heisman Trophy and as a first-round candidate in the 2022 NFL Draft.
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Now he will try to rebuild his resume while playing in the SEC East next year. Rattler represents a major upgrade to the Gamecocks quarterback depth chart. South Carolina relied on graduate assistant Zeb Noland and fifth year transfer Jason Brown for much of this season. Reigning starter Luke Doty sustained a foot injury at fall camp, debuting in Week 3, and worsening the injury against Vanderbilt in October, resulting in end-of-season surgery.
Despite the upheaval at the position, the Gameocks finished 6-6 and received a bid for the Duke’s Mayo Bowl against North Carolina in Charlotte, NC on December 30th.
For now, Doty will be back for 2022 together with the quarterbacks Colten Gauthier and Jake Helfrich. Connor Jordan entered the transfer portal this week.
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Beamer didn’t stop at Rattler’s on Monday; he also lured former Sooners tight end Austin Stogner out of the portal. As a junior, Stogner caught 14 passes for 166 yards (11.9 average) and three touchdowns this season.
He may take the fifth-year-old Nick Muse player and mate with Jaheim Bell, who has played a huge role in the Gamecocks passing game this season. Bell has 25 receptions, the second most on the team, 338 yards and three touchdowns in his sophomore year.
The double dose of transfers made the projector turn on Monday evening: