Lincoln Riley has a tough decision on the Oklahoma starting quarterback heading into Saturday’s TCU game, but it looks like rookie Caleb Williams has the edge.
Riley chose not to name a starter at Tuesday’s press conference, noting “we’ll see how it goes on Saturday” as Williams takes on former Heisman candidate Spencer Rattler. But after the student newspaper OR Daily reported that Williams had received the majority of representatives in first place in Tuesday’s practice, Oklahoma canceled all media availability ahead of Saturday’s game.
Maybe we don’t have more information on the quarterback battle until Saturday, but the Oklahoma student newspaper deserves some legitimate prop for its glimpse into Riley’s upcoming decision. The OR Daily reported that “Williams passed Rattler 15-7 in the pre-stretch portion of practice,” adding that Williams was “seen primarily facing off against starting receivers Jadon Haselwood, Marvin Mims and Mike Wood “.
It is not only the information itself that is notable in the OR Dailyreport of. The newspaper allegedly obtained the information on the practice by observing from a public building near the Oklahoma training ground, a practice that was not discouraged, according to the OR Daily. Add the workout info to Williams’ electrical performance in the Red River showdown against Texas, and it’s likely we’ll see the freshman under center against TCU.
Williams lit up the Longhorns for 211 passing yards and two touchdowns in a 55-48 win last Saturday. He replaced Rattler, who completed 9-16 passes for 112 yards before being benched in the second quarter.
Oklahoma enters Saturday at 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the Big 12. The Sooners have reached the college football playoffs three times in the past four seasons.
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