Baker Mayfield. Kyler Murray. Jalen Hurts.
These are the three quarterbacks Lincoln Riley has enjoyed at his disposal in each of the last three seasons. The first two hoisted the Heisman trophy in December, and then went on to become No. 1 overall picks in the following year's draft. The third finished as this year's Heisman runner-up, and was one of the favorites all season. That is, until Joe Burrow stole the show towards the back end of the year.
Hurts has now placed his name in the upcoming draft in hopes of continuing the tradition his fellow Oklahomans had set before him of leaving Lincoln Riley with a predicament of his own.
Oklahoma 2020 QB Depth Chart
Riley's employed the services of a transfer quarterback in each of his last three seasons, and without a QB coming in through the transfer portal (at this point), or one that is signing in February, he'll have to turn to last year's bench for production in 2020. Here's what his new depth chart could look like:
- Spencer Rattler
- Tanner Mordecai
- Tanner Schafer
- Colt Atkinson
Rattler and Mordecai are the only two players on scholarship for the Sooners as of right now. Atkinson, who will be a senior next season, has yet to see playing time for Riley, and the two Tanners have made an appearance in one game, respectively.
Rattler will be poised to take over the reigns for Riley's high-powered offense, and he's shown he has the talent to do so. The former 5-star prospect broke numerous Arizona records during his time at Phoenix Pinnacle, including becoming the first quarterback to surpass the 11,000 yard mark in state history.
He threw one touchdown for the Sooners last season, but fans can expect that number to increase tenfold and then some with Rattler the likely leading candidate for the starting job.