Just a fair warning: you're going to hear a lot about Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler in the coming months. As the 2021 college football season draws closer, the more you're going to hear about Rattler potentially winning the Heisman while carrying the Sooners to another College Football Playoff appearance.
I'm just telling you now. In a 2022 QB group that features Sam Howell, JT Daniels, D'Eriq King, Kedon Slovis, Brock Purdy, Malik Willis and others, Rattler may end up being the best of them all.
The Heisman chatter already has legs. The redshirt sophomore is the favorite to win the sport's most prestigious personal honor at +550 per William Hill Sportsbook. Plus money on a favorite is never a bad thing, and Rattler checks off all the boxes. He's a rare player at an important position on what should be a preseason top-five team. In his first year as a starter, Rattler hit 3,000 yards passing (tops in the Big 12), 28 touchdowns and seven picks, five of which came in three games at the start of the year.
The Heisman pedigree is there, too, with Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield each winning the award in 2018 and 2017, respectively, while Jalen Hurts was the runner-up in 2019. All three would be drafted in the first two rounds the following spring with Murray and Mayfield going No. 1 overall.