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Phenom QB Spencer Rattler made headlines this off-season after announcing his transfer to South Carolina. Bill Bender of The Sporting News called the transfer, “a reality show worth watching.” Rattler was a top pick on many 2022 NFL mock drafts but after a less than stellar season at Oklahoma, he quickly fell in the rankings and was replaced by Caleb Williams. “We were just doing what we had to do to win. We were chipping away, and I think that was going to make us a better team. Things went left,” Rattler said of the underwhelming season.
Those days are behind him. He now looks to lead the South Carolina Gamecocks after their disappointing 7-6 season. “It’s refreshing to move on from where I was at,” Rattler said. “It was a crazy year, last year. Unfortunate how it went. It wasn’t really in my control, but that’s what I’m refreshed from. Getting in a new situation, a positive situation, with great people around me.”
The clean slate.
Despite the stains of fame this is a fresh start for Rattler. Some view his last year at Oklahoma as a fall from grace, but what if it’s the beginning of his comeback story? We find ourselves rooting for the underdog each year. I think Rattler fits the bill and it will be exciting to watch his story continue to unfold.
His journey back to the top is anchored by reconnecting with a familiar face. Rattler will reunite with Coach Shane Beamer. He was on Oklahoma’s staff before being hiring in South Carolina in 2021. Rattler’s long-time trainer Mike Giovando spoke on what that familiarity could bring.
“That familiarity definitely helped out,” Giovando said. “It helped to have that little bit of comfort with the guy that you have the potential to be playing for. You kind of know what (Beamer) is all about.
“The lingo, the plays, the schemes, everything about what Coach Satterfield does is based on the highest level of NFL football,” Giovando continued. “I think Spence thought that was important as well. (He wanted) to get into a scheme and in a system that’s going to help (him) translate to the next level when (he) gets that opportunity.”
The Gamecocks held their annual spring game last month. Rattler took the field under the bright lights and screaming fans of Columbia. He threw 8 for 10 and 79 yards in the first half. All eyes were on QB1.
Check out this Mic’d Up video of Rattler and the Gamecocks in spring action. It will be interesting to see what’s in store for this upcoming season.