The South Carolina Gamecocks have a new quarterback in Spencer Rattler. The Oklahoma transfer is happy to be in South Carolina — and to be out of Oklahoma.

Rattler announced at the end of the 2021 season that he was transferring. At the bottom of his announcement were the words “Thank you Oklahoma.” But now, his comments regarding his former home are not as kind.

Chris Low of ESPN quoted Rattler, who had some less than flattering things to say about his experience with the Sooners.

“A lot of guys don’t get another chance, to start over where they’re really wanted. I was just happy to get away from a toxic situation and get somewhere new.”

And while Rattler is pleased with his new team and school, upgrading on his Oklahoma experience was not going to be hard.

“Anywhere was going to be better, and I found the right place.”

What was the reaction to these comments? Mixed, to say the least.

Rattler had some supporters.

But there were also plenty of critics, as well, who feel that Rattler isn’t owning up to his own shortcomings.

As far as what the truth is, time will tell.

Rattler struggled in 2021. While he completed nearly 75% of his passes, he threw only 11 touchdown passes with five interceptions and was benched during a dismal performance against Texas.

Given that he entered 2021 as a Heisman candidate, Rattler was always going to be a high profile transfer and with that, would face a lot of pressure. But with these comments now fresh on the minds of college football fans, that pressure will be even greater.


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