Spencer Rattler Says Oklahoma Was a 'Toxic Situation' Before South Carolina Transfer

Adam WellsApril 15, 2022

Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) warms up before the start of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
AP Photo/Alonzo Adams

Four months after transferring from Oklahoma to South Carolina, quarterback Spencer Rattler has opened up about his departure from the Sooners.

Speaking to ESPN's Chris Low, Rattler called Oklahoma "a toxic situation" and said he is happy to "get somewhere new."

"Anywhere was going to be better, and I found the right place," he said. 

Rattler didn't expand on what made the situation at Oklahoma toxic. 

"That will be a story for later," he said. "I don't want to get too in depth with it, but it was out of my control. All I can tell you is that we were undefeated at the time I was benched. We won a championship the year before and were going to win another one. I could go on and on."

Expectations have been high for Rattler dating back to his time at Pinnacle High School in Arizona. He was a 5-star prospect and the top-ranked pro-style quarterback in the 2019 recruiting class, per 247Sports' composite rankings

After redshirting in 2019, Rattler took over as Oklahoma's starting quarterback in 2020. The Arizona native threw for 3,031 yards and 28 touchdowns and completed 67.5 percent of his attempts in 11 games. He capped off the season with four touchdowns (three passing) in a 55-20 win over Florida in the Cotton Bowl.

Per DraftKings, Rattler was the preseason favorite to win the Heisman Trophy going into 2021 with +600 odds (bet $100 to win $600). 

Things were rough for Rattler right from the jump last season. He went 30-of-39 for 304 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in a 40-35 win over Tulane. 

After a 76-0 win over FCS school Western Carolina, Rattler threw four touchdowns and three interceptions across three-plus games before getting benched in the first half against Texas on Oct. 9.

Rattler entered the transfer portal in November and committed to South Carolina on Dec. 13. He is projected to be the Gamecocks' starting quarterback in 2022 under second-year head coach Shane Beamer.

Beamer led South Carolina to a 7-6 record and a victory over North Carolina in the Duke's Mayo Bowl last season. 

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