Coming into the 2021 season, quarterback Spencer Rattler was primed to take the Oklahoma Sooners to the promise land of a national championship. However inconsistent play from him led to his benching and ultimately him leaving the Sooners program. The former five-star recruit now finds himself at the University of South Carolina with a chance to redeem himself at the college level before likely declaring for the NFL. South Carolina is coming off a 7-6 season with a win in their bowl game against the North Carolina Tar Heels and head coach Shane Beamer has this program trending in the right direction. In his time with Oklahoma, under former coach Lincoln Riley’s spread offense, Rattler passed for 4,595 yards and threw for 40 touchdowns, so he brings experience with him.
It didn’t take very long for Rattler to find a home after entering the transfer portal and he seems at peace with his decision. The connection between Beamer and Rattler makes all the sense in the world as Beamer spent three years on the Oklahoma staff and was loved by many in the locker room. His success in his first season at South Carolina was apparent by the way the players respected and fought hard for him. Many people didn’t think that South Carolina would be near bowl eligibility during Beamer’s first season, but he didn’t let the noise distract him as he led the Gamecocks to their first winning season since 2018.
South Carolina used three different quarterbacks this past season and had trouble on offense scoring the ball so the addition of Rattler should shore up many of these woes. Being able to get this program to a bowl game so quickly provides South Carolina with potential opportunities both inside and outside the program. It shows that Beamer has a plan in place to win and he was able to win over the former frontrunner for the Heisman trophy. Due to the NFL-geared system that South Carolina runs under offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield; Columbia could see more players wanting to join the program soon.
If the Rattler move works out, it will be a win-win for both Beamer and Rattler. For Rattler it gives him a chance to win at a high level in the toughest conference in college football and for Beamer it would mean that he can help highly recruited quarterbacks win at the college level. As a redshirt freshman, Rattler led Oklahoma to a number six finish, a Big-12 championship, a Cotton Bowl win, and a 9-2 overall record. He completed 67.5 percent of his passes and just last season, he had some pundits projecting him as a favorite to be a top pick in future NFL Drafts. While he did struggle this past season, Rattler still showcases a lot of talent and just needs the time and space to prove himself and put it all together this season. The combination of Rattler and Beamer could be a nice mix for South Carolina.