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OU football: Spencer Rattler has 'Baker Mayfield' energy, Brayden Willis says

NORMAN — Spencer Rattler’s physical strengths were known commodities going into this season, OU H-back Brayden Willis said Thursday. 

“We all know about the intangibles, the arm strength and everything light that,” Willis said.

But the way he’s taken charge of things, especially since being named the starting quarterback earlier this week, has been the biggest eye-opening area of growth Willis has seen in the redshirt freshman.

“He’s a great leader and he’s done a great job getting us ready to go day-in and day-out, bringing energy to the offense. You know, a little Baker Mayfield energy. It gets everybody hyped to play.”

Rattler makes his starting debut for the Sooners Sept. 12 when OU hosts Missouri State.

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Oklahoma's Spencer Rattler arrives before an NCAA football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Iowa State University Cyclones at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma's Spencer Rattler arrives before an NCAA football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Iowa State University Cyclones at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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Ryan Aber

Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The... Read more ›

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