The hype around Spencer Rattler has been building ever since he committed to Oklahoma in 2017, and for good reason. Rattler was the no. 1 pro-style QB in his class and the no. 11 recruit overall. Hell, the kid even had a segment on QB1: Beyond The Lights. Rattler did get some playing time in 2019 but it was certainly not enough to get an adequate read on him; he did redshirt after all. As we enter 2020, it finally appears to be his year. So, what should we expect from Spencer Rattler in 2020?
According to BetOnline.ag (as of April 30th), Spencer Rattler is +1000 to win the Heisman. That puts him at no. 3 to win the 2021 Heisman right behind Justin Fields and Trevor Lawrence. It’s safe to say, some are expecting Spencer Rattler to be the best QB in the league, right up there with former Sooners Baker and Kyler. To be honest, I’m not one of those people. Spencer Rattler may eventually be a Heisman winner but not yet.
Rattler is yet to take a meaningful snap in CFB. The idea that he could come in and lead the league is bananas. Especially considering his current WR corps. Oklahoma consistently has one of the best WR corps in the nation. While their 2021 corps is strong, he won’t have the weapons like Baker, Kyler, or even Jalen. Not only did Cee Dee Lamb graduate, but 5-star Jadon Haselwood just tore his ACL. Fortunately for Rattler I think Charleston Rambo and Theo Wease Jr. are going to be outstanding WRs, I just don’t know if they will be able to perform like Hollywood Brown or Cee Dee Lamb had.
In addition, Oklahoma’s offensive line mat not be as good as it was for previous quarterbacks. In 2019, the offensive line took a step back, albeit a small one, from the Baker and Kyler era. This was to be expected as there was massive turnover. Still, the question remains whether or not the offensive line will rebound to as strong as it was in 2020.
It’s not all doom and gloom though. I do believe Rattler has the talent and support system in Oklahoma to be a legitimate Heisman candidate but it may take a year or two. He’s an unbelievable talent, coached by THE Lincoln Riley. In addition, while the offensive line took a step back in 2019, it wasn’t a big step back. In addition, as we head into 2020 they are only replacing two starters, and they still have stand out Creed Humphrey. Lastly, OU’s WR corps, while not their best ever, will still be strong.
In 2020 I’m expecting Spencer Rattler to be tied with Spencer Sanders as the no. 2 QB in the Big 12; Right behind Brock Purdy. This is much better than where my colleague put him..
Related Article: QB Ranking: Rating The Best QB’s In The Big 12
I put Brock Purdy at no. 1 because I think he has both the talent and the experience. Brock Purdy was right up there statistically with Jalen Hurts and Sam Ehlinger last season. He passed for a school season-record 3,982 yards in 13 games. He also played through a high ankle sprain the last third or so of the season, which shouldn’t be an issue in 2020. I also really like what Matt Campbell’s doing at ISU.
I have Rattler tied with OSU’s Spencer Sanders because this will be Mike Gundy’s best team at OSU. OSU is returning an insane amount of talent and they will have the best QB, WR, and RB trio in the Big 12 (Spencer Sanders, Tylan Wallace, and Chubba Hubbard).
You’ll notice I didn’t mention Sam Ehlinger. While I respect Sam, I think Texas’ WR corps is too young and their offensive line is whack. If I had to give him a rank it would be at no. 4 in the Big 12.
Related Article: Oklahoma Sooners’ Biggest Threats In 2020
So there you have it. In 2020 Rattler will be great but I don’t think he’s taking home the Heisman. This will be a crucial year for Rattlers development and I think he will only get better as time goes on.