Lincoln gave his normal presser on Tuesday following the 55-48 win over Texas. As expected…he deflected as much as he could in regards to naming a starter for this Saturday’s home game versus TCU.
I would expect Caleb Williams will be the starter, but I also think in private Lincoln has told Spencer Rattler to keep his head up and be ready if needed.
OU fans should not forget…less than two weeks ago Spencer was 22 of 25 at Manhattan and arguably the best OU player on the field that day.
Here’s two things Caleb Williams has yet to do at OU:
1 He’s never gone to bed on Friday night knowing he was going to be the starter the next day with The Monster critiquing his every move.
2 To date he’s never played meaningful minutes in a true road game.
I would start Caleb Williams on Saturday just to see if the momentum with the rest of the offense continues to trend as it did on Saturday in the second half. OU outscored Texas 35-10 in the second half and ran the ball at will with Caleb in the game. But Arkansas literally did the same thing.
But I hope the OU fanbase shows some compassion and adult wisdom as this situation continues this season.
I have confidence in Lincoln Riley in this regard. I think he’s a good person as well as a smart coach.
This is one of those crossroad moments for Spencer Rattler as a young man. I think he would be very wise to embrace the advice he’s given by Lincoln.
Virtually every human I know has had a crossroad moment or two or three in their life…including me for certain.
We grow from these moments. We become better humans.
In closing… I’ll quote Hemingway… ‘The world breaks everyone, yet many become stronger in the broken places.’
Hang in there Spencer Rattler and become a stronger person.