It must have been a sticky situation for Oklahoma first-year quarterback Caleb Williams.
As the Sooners struggled on offense to start the 2021 season, and Spencer Rattler’s second-year-in-red-shirt Heisman aspirations took a worse turn, a wave move for Williams began to take shape. It finally came to a head during the “Red River Showdown” on October 9 against Texas.
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Led 28-7 in the first quarter, head coach Lincoln Riley knew it was time to make a change. Williams vindicated his head coach, bringing the Sooners back to a 55-48 victory over the Longhorns. It was Williams’ team from there as Rattler spent more time holding a clipboard than throwing a soccer ball for the remainder of the season.
While Williams admitted on “The Podcast on the Prairie” Monday that there was no animosity between him and Rattler, he said they weren’t really close either.
“Me and Spence weren’t best friends,” Williams said. “I can tell. We weren’t best friends, but we didn’t hate each other either. There are a bunch of other guys I’m not best friend with and I don’t hate them in either. the team. “
Many have wondered when Williams took over from Rattler, how their relationship would change. Not so much, Williams said.
“Everyone’s been trying to do something from scratch throughout the season,” said Williams. “I’m throwing it right over there. There was nothing to be learned from. There are guys or girls that you meet all the time that you’re not best friends with and that you won’t be with. best friends. You don’t hate them, don’t envy them or anything like that. “
Since that fall day at the Cotton Bowl, a lot has changed in Norman. Rattler has since entered the transfer portal and engaged in South Carolina. Riley carried his revolutionary attack further west, to southern California. Williams is still there, although he now plays under new head coach Brent Venables.
Along with Rattler, junior tight end Austin Stogner also joined the Gamecocks. The two will be coached by a familiar face, head coach Shane Beamer, who served on the Oklahoma staff from 2018-2020.
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“By the way, congratulations to them,” Williams said. “I’m happy for them. It was a fun trip to be around them.”