🏈 Waiting game: Rattler or Williams?
Surprise! Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley won't name a starting quarterback ahead of the Sooners' game against TCU on Saturday.
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🤔 Trivia: Which OU home game has the highest attendance in program history? [Answer in footnotes]
🏈 Waiting game
The Tuesday following Oklahoma’s triumph of Texas, Lincoln Riley spent most of his weekly news conference talking Spencer Rattler, Caleb Williams and quarterback theory.
Riley, who’s still a relatively young coach, could probably teach a course on the subject, considering his long history developing and dealing with high-profile quarterbacks and coaching during a time when college football has changed so much. And I would happily enroll.
Anyway, in case you’re wondering, no, Riley won’t be naming a starting quarterback before OU’s game against TCU (6:30 p.m. on ABC) this week.
“We'll see how it goes,” Riley said. “We'll see you on Saturday at 6:30.”
So, yeah. Should be a fun week.
A few highlights from Riley’s presser:
Riley on Rattler not at practice on Monday: “We’ve had some good talks. I gave [Rattler] the day off yesterday [Monday]. I told him get out of here, don’t come up here. … I told him I wanted him to refresh, recharge and come back reenergized and ready to go today [Tuesday], and he came back today and had a great practice, just like I expected he would.”
Riley on a potential Rattler departure: “You can’t predict the future, but I would fully expect to have both of those guys [Spencer Rattler and Caleb Williams] the entire season.”
Riley on if he would use a two-quarterback system: “I guess, at the surface, it's not something I would want to have. But you never know. I mean, I could sit up here and say ‘heck no,’ and then we go do it on Saturday. So, we'll just see how it evolves.”
Riley on if Williams pushed Rattler for the starting job in fall camp: “… it was very clear that Spencer was the guy that was going to start the season. I don’t think there was any doubt about that.”
Riley on Williams’ performance: “There are some things he didn’t do well — where he looked like a freshman — and some things that he did well, obviously, to make some of those plays. I think it was certainly positive. Always exciting to see a guy with kind of their first real shot and how they go perform, and I think overall he handled it well. But he’ll have a chance to get a lot better as he improves and as we go on.”
Riley on moving on from epic Texas win: “If that was the pinnacle of our season … if it was our No. 1 goal the entire year was just beat Texas? Shoot, I wouldn’t be up here. I’d be on vacation right now. There’s so much left for us, and we’re just now at the halfway point of this thing.”
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⚡️ Major officially back
Oklahoma’s running back depth received a boost with sophomore Marcus Major eligible again after missing OU’s first five games reportedly due to academic issues.
Riley said Major’s return was a “nice surprise.”
“It was a little unexpected,” Riley said. “It’s good to have him back in the fold. He’s been practicing as a scout-team member the entire year, so he’s had a chance to go against our defense competitively each week.”
What it means: OU no longer has to rely on Kennedy Brooks and Eric Gray to carry the load at running back. Major, who was a four-star prospect coming out of Oklahoma City's Millwood High School, played sparingly last season. It wasn't until OU's Cotton Bowl win over Florida’s JV squad that Major exploded for a 110-yard rushing performance. He also had a touchdown against the Gators.
⭐️ A huge recruiting win
Gabriel Brownlow-Dindy, a 247Sports Composite five-star prospect, announced his commitment to Oklahoma on Tuesday — a massive pickup for the Sooner defense.
The 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive lineman chose between a final two of Oklahoma and Texas A&M.
He gives the Sooners their 15th commitment of their 2022 recruiting class.
What it means: The Sooners’ defensive front keeps getting stronger and stacked with blue-chip talent. Brownlow-Dindy is an elite prospect out of Lakeland, Florida, where he's developed into one of the most highly touted players in the 2022 class. He holds 23 offers, including Ohio State, Clemson and LSU.
Where he ranks: He is the No. 2 player from the state of Florida, the fourth-ranked defensive lineman prospect in the country and the tenth-ranked prospect overall nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite.
What OU is getting: SoonerScoop.com editor Josh McCuistion gave a detailed breakdown of Dindy’s game [👉🏽 click here to read].
🎥 Must watch
If you have a few minutes, this cinematic recap of Oklahoma’s win over Texas from OU’s in-house content team is incredible.
⏰ On this day
Fourteen years ago today, No. 6 Oklahoma hosted No. 11 Missouri in Norman. The Sooners prevailed 41-31 after trailing 24-23 entering the fourth quarter.
TCU in 2017. OU reported a crowd of 88,308, besting the previous record set the year before against Ohio State, which had 87,979 spectators.
OUDaily.com reports Caleb Williams received a majority of the first-team snaps on Tuesday. Click here to read.
TL;DR: Still some things he needs to develop but his quickness and size are hard to match at his position.