Freshman Caleb Williams gets first QB nod for Oklahoma against TCU – .

Freshman Caleb Williams gets first QB nod for Oklahoma against TCU – .

Freshman Caleb Williams got his first start for Oklahoma on Saturday, announced to start about 15 minutes before kick-off, getting the nod from Spencer Rattler against TCU.
The move ended a week of speculation and drama at the palace after Sooners coach Lincoln Riley refused to publicly name a starter. The OU Daily reported on Tuesday that Williams took the majority of first-team representatives to practice based on a vantage point from a public building on campus, prompting Riley to cancel all media availability for the rest of the week.

Rattler, the pre-season favorite for the Heisman Trophy, was eliminated after two turnovers early in the Sooners’ game last week against Texas. Williams, who had previously run for a 66-yard touchdown on a designed run, came off the bench with OU trailing 35-17 to spark a furious comeback in Oklahoma’s 55-48 win.

Williams’ 300 yards of total offense was the highest ever for a true freshman against Texas.

Williams, of Washington, DC, was the No. 1 double-threat quarterback and No. 16 overall prospect of the 2021 ESPN300. Rattler was the No. 1 double-threat prospect of the 2019 class.

As a red-shirt rookie last season, Rattler threw for 3,031 yards with 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions – just three of them in his last seven games – and completed 47 passes from 20 yards or more, which gave him allowed to rank ninth nationally.

This season, he threw for 1,371 yards with 10 touchdowns and five interceptions as the Sooners offense struggled, scoring the fewest points of the Lincoln Riley era in a 23-16 victory over Nebraska , then again next week in a 16-13 victory over West Virginia. Rattler’s 71.9 QBR ranks 30th nationally.

Riley defended Rattler, saying the hardships of the offense are not entirely his own. Riley added this week that he feels comfortable with either quarterback.

“For me, I feel like I have two very good players,” he said. “I don’t see it as a problem. I don’t see it as a problem. There are two great options to choose from and this is a good position to be. I know these two kids will respond no matter what position they are in. ”


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