Top Transfer Quarterback Chooses SEC East Rival

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    Spencer Rattler Transfers To South Carolina

    Oklahoma transfer Spencer Rattler committed to South Carolina Monday night after entering the transfer portal following Lincoln Riley’s departure to Oklahoma.

    Rattler is one of the most controversial players in all of college football. The Phoenix, Arizona native was one of the leading Heisman candidates entering the season after throwing for 3,031 yards, 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions as a sophomore.

    However, the dual threat quarterback struggled last season, throwing for 1,483 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions before Riley benched him for freshman Caleb Williams during the Texas game.

    Rattler’s numbers were much worse if you take out the Sooners win over FCS foe Western Carolina. In his five starts against FBS opponents, Rather threw for 206 yards per game with five touchdowns and five interceptions. The junior added a touchdown pass later in the year against Texas Tech.

    Still, Rattler’s talent is obvious and the quarterback is an upgrade over what the Gamecocks had behind center last season.

    South Carolina started three quarterbacks in Shane Beamer’s first season as head coach. Zeb Noland, Luke Doty and Jason Brown combined for 2,304 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

    Rattler and Beamer have a previous connection as the young Gamecocks’ coach was Oklahoma’s tight end and special teams coach during the quarterback’s first two seasons in Norman.

    The talented quarterback wasn’t the only Sooner to announce plans to transfer to South Carolina Monday.

    Junior tight end Austin Stogner is transferring to South Carolina after catching 14 passes for 166 yards and three touchdowns a season ago. Like Rattler, Stogner performed better in 2020, catching 26 passes for 422 yards and three touchdowns.

    Tennessee travels to Columbia to face the Gamecocks at Williams Brice Stadium on Nov. 19. It’s the latest the Vols have faced South Carolina since 1929.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.