While it seemed that news around coaches and players finding new homes was getting colder, the form of college football was further promoted on Monday.
Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams announced on Twitter that he was putting his name on the changing portal after an impressive season saw him replace Spencer Rattler as the team’s midfielder in the middle of the year.
“Words cannot describe the amount of love I have for my teammates, coaches and Sooneer Nation… he said in his own words. “I came to Oklahoma with a game plan, but with the recent changes, I need to know what the right strategy is to move forward.”
Some of the sudden changes were the departure of head coach Lincoln Riley to USC and many employees who volunteered, or were interested in, Oklahoma. Riley was also a Williams believer.
Rattler relocated to South Carolina, while No. 1 receiver Jadon Haselwood volunteered for Arkansas.
Williams saw what he did last October at the Red River Rivalry and Texas games. He came to Rattler, whom Riley had put on the bench. Williams went 16 of 25 for 212 yards with two touchdowns across while adding 88 yards with a quick touchdown. Oklahoma came back from bottom 28-7 to win 55-48.
Sporting News is looking into why the new surprise could leave Norman.
Why did Caleb Williams come in the door?
Williams and his father, Carl, provided information on why the quarterback put his name on the gate. No one described in detail the problems Williams had with Oklahoma, nor did he criticize incoming coach Brent Venables, a former OU and Clemson defender.
Both were clear, however, that the election had anything to do with Williams’ future.
“(T) is the only way I can talk to other schools and see who can better prepare me and improve my future career and get home,” said Caleb Williams.
He already has a vision in the NFL, according to his father, who told Yahoo’s Pete Thamel who made the decision.
Carl Williams: “Growing up professionally. We want Caleb to be ready to play when he becomes a professional. You go to college to prepare for your career. His way is chosen by the football professionals. We want him to be ready when the time comes.”
– Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) January 3, 2022
Note, Williams said the return to Norman is on the table. “It will take a few days to slow down” following Oklahoma’s 47-32 victory over Oregon in the Alamo Bowl.
Venables and Oklahoma sports director Joe Castiglione wrote Monday explaining why he believes he soon deserves Williams.
Where does Caleb Williams come from?
Williams hails from the DMV’s richest football community (DC, Maryland, Virginia) and played his football in high school in Washington, DC, where he excelled at Gonzaga College High School. He showed himself its two threatening forces, throwing 1,770 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior and running 838 yards and 18 scores. He helped lead Gonzaga to his first race since 2002.
Williams was at No. 2 quarterback with No. 7 player world is 247 Games in Class 2021. He chose Oklahoma over LSU, Maryland, Clemson and others. He was also the No. 1 player in DC and came to Oklahoma stayed higher than the Rattler nationwide.
Statistics by Caleb Williams
The well-known Williams entered the crowded room led by former Heisman runner-up Rattler. Rattler started, but was often disappointed, before handing over his place to Williams in Red River Rivalry after two missions.
Williams did well later as a passer-by and a double threat QB. He scored six goals against Texas Tech and finished more than 70 percent of his four-match winning streak.
Overall, Williams finished 137 of 212 passes (64.6 percent) for 1,916 yards and 21 touchdowns to just four. He added 442 yards and six touchdowns under 11 games.
Rattler played nine games and went 140-for-187 (74.9 percent) for 1,483 yards with 11 touchdowns up to five points, plus 77 yards and three goals as a runner.