Spencer Rattler announces transfer from Oklahoma after Lincoln Riley departure

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Spencer Rattler wants out of Oklahoma’s football program.

Less than 24 hours after former coach Lincoln Riley left Norman for the head-coaching job at USC, Rattler decided to enter the transfer portal. Rattler shared the announcement in a tweet Monday afternoon confirming that he will be pursuing other options to further his academic and athletic career. 

“Thank you for allowing me to be a student-athlete at this prestigious institution,” Rattler shared in a statement. “Thank you to every teammate and coach these last three seasons. We won several games together and made memories that I will cherish forever. Special thanks to my family and friends for your support. Thank God for the game of football. It’s the ultimate team sport and brings people and communities together unlike anything else.”

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During his three seasons at Oklahoma, Rattler threw for 4,595 yards with 40 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. As he made his campaign for the Heisman Trophy during the 2021 season, he recorded 1,483 passing yards with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. Rattler hasn’t started a full game for the Sooners since their 37-31 victory against Kansas State on Oct. 2. 

The news doesn’t come as a huge surprise and was expected regardless of Riley’s decision since the five-star recruit was benched during the Red River rivalry game against Texas. Rattler was sacked three times and threw an interception before fellow five-star recruit Caleb Williams took over and propelled the Sooners to a 55-48 victory in Austin. Williams went on to earn the starting job over Rattler and started the next six games for Oklahoma. 

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Rattler’s decision comes as Riley departed for Los Angeles Monday morning. On Sunday evening, USC officially announced that Riley will take over head coaching responsibilities for the Pac-12 program. As Oklahoma undergoes its first coaching search since 1999, rumors are circulating about the future of the program as it prepares to enter the SEC conference in 2025. 

“Thank you again Oklahoma, I will miss you,” Rattler ended the statement. 

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