South Carolina QB Spencer Rattler announces return for 2023 season

Quarterback Spencer Rattler announced Tuesday on a social media video he plans to return to South Carolina for the 2023 season.

Rattler transferred to South Carolina last season from Oklahoma and was playing his best football at the end of the year. He passed for 792 yards and eight touchdowns with just two interceptions in wins over top 10 foes Tennessee and Clemson to close out the regular season.

South Carolina coach Shane Beamer responded to the news that Rattler came back with a tweet that read, “Here. We. Going!!!!!!!”

Rattler joins his top receiver, Antwane “Juice” Wells, in returning for another season. Wells, a first-team All-SEC selection, announced earlier this week that he was returning after leading South Carolina with 68 catches for 928 yards and six touchdowns.

Rattler bounced back from a rocky start last season as the Gamecocks won seven of their last nine regular season games. He finished with an SEC-high 12 interceptions but threw for a career-high 438 yards and six touchdowns in Tennessee’s 63-38 rout. Rattler’s 3,026 passing yards ranked fifth in the SEC. He finished with 18 touchdown passes and three rushing touchdowns.

Rattler was a Heisman Trophy prospect in Oklahoma at the start of the 2021 season, but lost his starting job to Caleb Williams. Seeking a fresh start, Rattler transferred to South Carolina ahead of the 2022 season. He and Beamer already had a relationship from Beamer’s time in Oklahoma as an assistant.

The Gamecocks (8-5) finished 23rd in the latest AP poll, their first Top 25 since 2013.

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