Caleb Williams, not Spencer Rattler, started for the Oklahoma Sooners in their 52-31 win over TCU last week.
Will Williams’ performance send Rattler to the transfer gate?
And is the state of Arizona the likely No. 1 destination if Rattler were to leave Oklahoma?
A new round of speculation has raged since Williams went 18-for-23 for 295 yards and four touchdowns in the Sooners’ win, likely securing his spot as Oklahoma’s new starting quarterback as Rattler watched from the sideline.
Fanside thinks Rattler might be missing and, interestingly, the ASU football team is ranked as the top transfer destination for Rattler, who played high school football in Phoenix at Pinnacle High.
Dante Pryor has explained why he thinks ASU is the No. 1 transfer landing spot for Rattler.
He wrote: “The Sun Devils are at the top of the list because Rattler is from Phoenix and Arizona State is in Tempe, a suburb of Phoenix. Rattler might like to go home and play in front of his friends and his family next season.Plus, it just so happens that the Sun Devils could have an opening at quarterback if current quarterback Jayden Daniels decides to give up his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft at the end of this season.”
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Pryor thinks ASU’s offense makes it an attractive destination, in addition to its proximity to home.
“Rattler was a Heisman preseason favorite and many thought he could become the NFL’s No. 1 draft pick. Rattler’s season didn’t go the way anyone, including Rattler, thought it would. One appealing aspect of the transfer to Arizona State other than going home is Arizona State’s pro-type offense Rattler, showing he’s mastered an NFL-style offense, could rebuild and rehabilitate his draft stock in one season This season to think about the draft would be a huge mistake, given how he’s played this year Rattler isn’t lacking in confidence, but going into the draft this season wouldn’t be confidence but l pure pride.
Other writers have also linked Rattler to the Sun Devils, should he be traded, with much of it possibly hinged on Daniels’ future.
Fanside’s Alicia de Artola suggested that Rattler was a perfect fit for Herm Edwards’ team.
She wrote: “If Jayden Daniels decides to leave for the NFL after this season, maybe Rattler’s best path would be to come home. Rattler is a native of Phoenix and has made a name for himself as a rookie five stars at Pinnacle High School. The Sun The Devils will be looking for a new flagman to lead their soaring program while Rattler can get back to where it all started.”
Blue Chip Scouting also appreciated Rattler’s potential in Tempe.
Jared Feinberg wrote, “Rattler is from Phoenix and this would be a homecoming for him. Assuming Jayden Daniels declares himself for the NFL draft, Rattler would be an instant upgrade to the job and keep ASU in the game. the hunt for the conference championship in 2022.”
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Matt Zemek of Trojans Wire also brought up Rattler and Arizona State.
He wrote: “Arizona State looks like a really good team right now, but that’s mostly because the offensive line is crashing, the running game is thriving and the ASU defense is making big plays. Jayden Daniels has been solid, but he’s not dominating the league.”
Spencer Rattler’s father, Mike Rattler, opened up about some potential options for his son in comments made to the OU Daily last week.
“Right now he’s focused on working for this team, and we’ll see what happens after January 10,” Mike Rattler told Mason Young and Austin Curtright. “Hopefully he plays in the national championship on January 10 and then after that we will assess where he is to the extent that teams are interested in him in the NFL, we will take that into account.
“If we’re thinking, ‘Hey, you know what, maybe we should do another year or something in Oklahoma, wherever that is’…we leave our options open as far as it’s concerned, but for the most part, in right now, we don’t even talk about it, because he has a job to do.
Could “everywhere” end up being the state of Arizona?
A former top recruit, Rattler was nominated by several other colleges before committing and signing with Oklahoma with Arizona State and Arizona among them.
Rattler was a standout high school quarterback in the Phoenix area.
Rattler has thrown for 1,371 yards and ten touchdowns this season, but has also intercepted five passes.
He completed 74.3% of his throws, but only averaged 7.8 yards per completion.
Prior to the season, Rattler was slated as a potential No. 1 NFL Draft pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, but many writers now believe he could use a fresh start at another school next season to build up your draft stock.
Maybe ASU could be where he gets that fresh start?
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