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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: Spencer Rattler officially named the starting QB

No surprise here.

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Happy Tuesday, friends and fans!

It’s officially official! On Tuesday afternoon, Lincoln Riley named redshirt freshman Spencer Rattler starting quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners. Similar to the so-called QB derbies of OU past, this decision seemed like a foregone conclusion before the offseason even began.

As Riley mentioned during the announcement, redshirt sophomore Tanner Mordecai was the other QB in competition with Rattler, but after missing a majority of fall camp with an injury, the job was unofficially Rattler’s by default.

Although Rattler is coming off a redshirt year, he earned valuable playing time in his three appearances during the 2019 season. With those reps, he completed seven of 11 pass attempts for 81 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed the ball three times for 23 yards. He’ll be the first full-time starting QB Riley has coached in his five years at Oklahoma who wasn’t a transfer (a fact that is getting a bit more attention than it probably deserves).

Now onto today’s Hot Links! Several Sooners receive preseason player rankings, kick-off times for OU’s first three games are set, the Big Ten continues to look dysfunctional and more!

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  • In other officially official news, #ChampU22 is the hashtag that will be used to distinguish OU’s 2022 recruiting class over the next year and a half. It rhymes, it’s clean, and I like it. Also, special shout out to cornerbacks coach Roy Manning for doing this championship-level narration. Boomer!

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