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Brady Quinn: Spencer Rattler is firmly in Heisman trophy race

Spencer Rattler made his first career start in an Oklahoma uniform last week as the Sooners ran past Missouri State 48-0. Rattler looked so impressive, analysts such as Paul Finebaum already put Rattler in the Heisman discussion for the 2020 season.

He’s not alone as former Notre Dame quarterback and current analyst Brady Quinn echoes that statement. He cited Rattler playing in Lincoln Riley’s offense definitely helps as it elevated the games of his previous quarterbacks.

Quinn broke down Rattler’s performance from the first game on Saturday’s Big Noon Kickoff.

“I know it was Missouri State,” Quinn said. “This isn’t an overreaction. He’s following in the footsteps of Jalen Hurts, Kyler Murray, Baker Mayfield. He looked like he’s been doing this for a long time. With a cut down offseason, when you don’t have as much time to practice and scrimmage, to come out and look as smooth as he did, to show off that arm talent…for a guy who’s not overly big, he can absolutely sling the football. He’s going to have a lot of big play opportunities. I was really impressed with this young man. I think he’s going to be in the conversation. You talk about numbers, that’s Lincoln Riley’s system.”

After the game, 247Sports analysts Trey Scott and Brandon Marcello joined to discuss on the ‘College Football Daily’ podcast.

Spencer Rattler was awesome,” Scott said. “The throws that Spencer Rattler was making were essentially against air, but, they were really impressive throws, Brandon. Just the fact that there probably aren’t many players in college football who can make the kind of throws he was making, he was 14-for-17, 290 yards and four touchdowns. That’s an average of 17 yards a throw. Completion percentage of 82. What was your takeaway from watching him?”

“I was super impressed,” Marcello said. “The thing with Spencer Rattler, as you said, I kept being told about his quick release. This is what’s going to help him going forward in the future. If he’s facing a good defense and pressure is getting in his face, he’s got such a quick release that he’s not going to get a lot of sacks and, also, not only does he have a quick release but he can throw it 50 yards with a quick release.”

On Tuesday morning, Finebaum joined Keyshawn, JWill and Zubin on ESPN Radio to discuss various college football topics. Among them all, it was about how Rattler, just one game into his career as a starter, already looks like a Heisman Trophy caliber quarterback.

“He just looks like the quintessential Oklahoma quarterback and you know, you laugh about the name, Zubin, but when you’re developing Heisman Trophy candidates, a name does matter,” Finebaum said. “Baker Mayfield was a great name. Kyler Murray was a great name. Spencer Rattler may have one of the greatest college football QB names of all-time and really after one game he is in the Heisman race.

“I know that sounds crazy because we don’t even know who some of the schools — we don’t know whether Ohio State is even going to be eligible this year with Justin Fields. But that’s the beauty of having Lincoln Riley as your coach. He is the preeminent offensive mind in the country. We’ve seen in the last three years with a couple of number one picks and three Heisman finalists — remember Jalen Hurts last year after leaving Alabama — show I mean, yeah, again, not a great matchup but still, he will put up humongous numbers every Saturday.”

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