SEC schools have been busy at the quarterback position in the past week. We already touched on how LSU’s Max Johnson is looking for a new school.
As for former Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler, who was the favorite to win the 2021 Heisman Trophy back in August, his new school is South Carolina. Rattler had a previous relationship with Shane Beamer, who was on Lincoln Riley’s staff at OU before becoming the head coach of the Gamecocks.
Rattler was benched in favor of true freshman Caleb Williams during an overtime win over Texas in Week 6. He had struggled with a 5/5 touchdown-to-interception ratio in OU’s first five games against FBS competition.
For the season, Rattler completed 140-of-187 passes (74.9%) for 1,483 yards with an 11/5 TD-INT ratio. (He had five TD passes without an interception vs. Western Carolina.)
In 2019, Rattler connected on 67.5 percent of his throws for 3,031 yards with a 28/7 TD-INT ratio. He also had 160 rushing yards and six TDs.
South Carolina starting QB Luke Doty went down with a season-ending foot injury in October. The second-year freshman completed 60.6 percent of his passes for 975 yards with a 5/3 TD-INT ratio.
Rattler won’t be the only new Gamecock arriving from Norman. TE Austin Stogner committed to South Carolina on Monday, too.
In eight games during the 2020 campaign, Stogner earned second-team All-Big-12 honors by catching 26 balls for 422 yards and three TDs. In nine games this year, he had 14 receptions for 166 yards and three TDs.
Texas A&M QB Zach Calzada entered the transfer portal earlier this week. The third-year sophomore will have two years of eligibility remaining at his next school.
Calzada appeared in all 12 games for the Aggies, starting the last 10 after Haynes King went down with an injury. He completed 184-of-327 passes (56.3%) for 2,185 yards with a 17/9 TD-INT ratio. Calzada had one rushing TD.
Auburn QB Bo Nix also jumped into the portal Sunday night after starting 34 straight games before going down with a season-ending ankle injury in a 43-34 home loss to Mississippi St.
“This decision has been the toughest I have ever made,” Nix said. “I have made so many decisions for Auburn, and now it’s time to do what’s best for me. It’s time that I move on to the next chapter in my life. To reach further goals, I’ve decided it’s best to be a grad transfer and find a new start somewhere else. I make this decision with a heavy heart and a lot of growing pain.”
In 10 games this season, Nix completed 61.0 percent of his passes for 2,294 yards with an 11/3 TD-INT ratio. He added 154 rushing yards and four TDs.
For his career, Nix is ranked third in program history with 7,251 passing yards. The 2019 SEC Freshman of the Year has a 39/16 career TD-INT ratio, in addition to 859 rushing yards and 18 TDs.
In other transfer news, ex-Indiana QB Michael Penix announced that he’s transferring to Washington earlier today.
Other notable QBs that remain in the portal include Kedon Slovis (formerly with USC), Myles Brennan and Johnson (LSU), Adrian Martinez (Nebraska), Cameron Ward (Incarnate Word), Jack Plummer (Purdue), Jack Miller (Ohio St.) and Dillon Gabriel (UCF).
Slovis will be the biggest prize for whatever school lands him.
For those unfamiliar with Ward, he threw for 4,648 yards and 47 TD passes at the FCS level this year.