Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley said on Tuesday that he has not made a decision regarding his starting quarterback against TCU this Saturday. “We’ll see how it goes Saturday,” Riley said about naming his starting quarterback via ESPN’s Kevin Wilson.
Lincoln Riley not naming quarterback ahead of TCU
Riley said on Tuesday that he has no plans to name a starter for Saturday’s game against TCU, despite freshman Caleb Williams’ impressive performance bringing Oklahoma back for the 55-48 win over Texas. Williams replaced Spencer Rattler midway through the game and gained nearly 299 yards of total offense, the most ever by a true freshman against Texas.
Seeing Williams succeed in relief of Rattler came amid an already growing call from Oklahoma fans to see Rattler benched, most notably during Oklahoma’s win against West Virginia on Sept. 26. Oklahoma students booed Rattler after he threw an interception and began chanting for Williams to enter the game.
Rattler was not at practice on Monday because Riley had given him the day off. Rattler returned to practice on Tuesday and said that he does not anticipate having either of his quarterbacks leave the team.
“There’s never any guarantees,” Riley said. “You can’t predict the future, but I would anticipate having both of those guys the rest of the season.”
Riley went on to explain that he does not like rotating quarterbacks in a game, citing challenges in finding a new rhythm to the game and having to deal with different sets of game plans. Despite this, Riley doesn’t view having these two quarterbacks available to him as a problem.
“I think it’s a heck of a lot more of a problem for me if I’m picking between two guys that I feel aren’t ready,” he said. “I’m picking between two really good choices that I think can both go play extremely well — and have played extremely well.”
Riley also defended Rattler in regards to claims made on social media that Rattler was selfish.
“I mean, that couldn’t be further from the truth,” Riley said. “And as a coach you don’t put a guy in there if you’re worried that he’s selfish and he’s not mentally locked in, he’s not ready to help the team.”
“I don’t know that in one answer I could give you a synopsis of this guy, who he is, with this team who he is behind closed doors. What he’s going through is not easy. He’s been a tremendous teammate the entire way through,” Riley said. “He’s not perfect. He’s learning, he’s growing, he’s made mistakes like all of us do at that age but, but, if we’ve seen his worst, he’s gonna be OK. He’s a heck of a kid, he’s a really good player. He got a lot of big days and bright days ahead of him.”