Spencer Rattler shares his expectations at South Carolina, future projections
After 3 seasons at Oklahoma, Spencer Rattler transferred to South Carolina to get back on track as a starting quarterback in 2022.
Rattler had a difficult 2021 season at Oklahoma as he was benched in favor of Caleb Williams. In December 2021, Rattler transferred to South Carolina less than 3 weeks before Oklahoma’s appearance in the Alamo Bowl.
He heads into a season as South Carolina’s starter. The Gamecocks reached the Duke’s Mayo Bowl and won 7 games in head coach Shane Beamer’s first season. Beamer had a winning season without a seasoned quarterback and he will have an experienced quarterback with Rattler in 2022.
In an interview on CBS Sports Radio’s The Zach Gelb Show, Rattler spoke about his plans to take South Carolina to a new level (Via On3 Sports):
“I think I can take my game to another level this year if I just buy in in the film room and do what my coaches tell me,” Rattler said. “We go out there and compete as a team. If everybody plays well, then everybody’s gonna have highlights, success. So that’s what we’re focused on first.”
With a successful season in 2022, Rattler could set himself up as a potential first-round draft pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. There was a point in time when Rattler was considered to be a top draft pick and a Heisman Trophy candidate, but those hopes went away after he struggled in 2021.
“I still think I can play very well this year. And we’ll see where the cards roll next year. But really focused on this year and not looking too far into the future. But I’m still confident,” Rattler said.
Rattler is looking to reset the trajectory of his career in leading the Gamecocks, and if that happens, he can reinsert himself in Heisman Trophy and NFL Draft conversations.