Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley cancels press conference after student paper reports Caleb Williams, not Spencer Rattler, takes first-team reps

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley has as soon as once more stored alive a possible quarterback controversy between Spencer Rattler and Caleb Williams.

The fifth-year coach, recent off profitable the Purple River Showdown after benching Rattler for Williams, canceled the Sooners’ recurrently scheduled information convention with media on Wednesday. The transfer got here after Oklahoma’s pupil newspaper, the OU Each day, reported earlier within the day that Williams had taken first-team reps in observe.

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The Each day’s story — co-authored by sports activities editor Mason Younger and assistant sports activities editor Austin Curtright — decided that Williams was working with the primary group. Per the Each day, he out-snapped Rattler 15-7 within the pre-stretching portion of Tuesday’s observe and later labored primarily with beginning receivers Jadon Haselwood, Marvin Mims and Mike Woods; Rattler labored with the second-string receivers.

The Each day found this by observing Tuesday’s observe from a close-by public constructing:

“The Each day watched the offensive observe routine from a public constructing close to the OU soccer observe discipline, with no athletics staff discouraging commentary. The Each day doesn’t observe observe recurrently, however did so Tuesday underneath heightened curiosity given the state of affairs.”

It is unsure whether or not Riley’s resolution to cancel Wednesday’s information convention was a direct results of the Each day’s report, nevertheless it is not the primary time he has restricted media entry in regard to the Sooners’ quarterback state of affairs. After briefly discussing Rattler’s benching on Saturday, Riley declined to make Williams obtainable to ABC sideline reporter Holly Rowe following the Sooners’ comeback victory.

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Rattler was reportedly given the time off on Monday. His father, Mike Rattler, reportedly advised the Each day that was a results of his son feeling in poor health. Nonetheless, Mike Rattler stated he has spoken to his son about his soccer future, telling the Each day {that a} resolution might be made following Jan. 10, the date of the Faculty Soccer Playoff nationwide championship sport.

“For proper now, he’s centered on working for this group, and we’ll see what occurs after Jan. 10,” Mike Rattler advised the Each day. “Hopefully he’ll be enjoying within the nationwide championship on Jan. 10, after which after that we’ll consider the place he’s so far as if any groups are all in favour of him within the NFL, we’ll contemplate that.

“If we predict, ‘Hey, what, we could should do one other yr or one thing at Oklahoma, wherever’… we’re leaving our choices open whereas that’s involved, however for probably the most half, proper now, we don’t even speak about it, as a result of he’s acquired a activity at hand to cope with.”

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Rattler on Saturday was benched vs. Texas after committing two turnovers, an interception and a fumble, within the Purple River Showdown. It is price noting he was additionally benched within the 2020 rivalry sport vs. the Longhorns after committing turnovers. He finally completed the day finishing 8 of 15 passes for 111 yards and an interception. He was credited with 5 rushes for minus-9 yards as nicely, although he did come again later within the sport to transform a 2-point try to tie the sport at 41-41.

Williams helped spur the Sooners from a 28-7 deficit to beat the Sooners 55-48 in Dallas, the most important comeback in rivalry historical past. He accomplished 16 of 25 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns. He additionally had a 66-yard landing run within the second quarter earlier than approaching to exchange Rattler.

Oklahoma, ranked No. 4 within the newest AP High 25, will return to motion towards TCU in Norman, Okla., on Saturday.

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