What Shane Beamer is looking for from South Carolina QB Spencer Rattler after two games

Emily Adams
Greenville News

COLUMBIA — South Carolina football coach Shane Beamer is thrilled with how Oklahoma transfer Spencer Rattler has worked out for the Gamecocks so far, but he believes the quarterback is still far from his ceiling.

After two games, Rattler is No. 3 in the SEC for passing yards with 603, and wide receiver Antwane Wells Jr. leads the conference with 244 receiving yards. Rattler nearly doubled his yardage from the opener to the second game, passing for 377 yards in a 44-30 loss at Arkansas after passing for 227 yards in a 35-14 win against Georgia State.

Beamer said he has been most impressed by Rattler's arm strength, which the quarterback was able to show off more against Arkansas. In Fayetteville, Rattler threw two passes of more than 60 yards and two of more than 30 yards, though Beamer said his 39-yard pass to Jalen Brooks against Georgia State stood out the most.

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"His arm is pretty special. A lot got made on social media of the play where he rolled out right, threw a ball on a rope right down the sideline (against Georgia State)," Beamer said. "You look last week at some of the deep balls he threw, we weren’t able to connect on them all but you see the arm talent. Each day in practice, the throws he's able to make, its elite in a lot of ways."

Beamer said Rattler is still developing his confidence within the Gamecocks' offensive system, and he isn't the only one. Several of the team's top targets are first-year transfers. Wells came to Columbia from James Madison, tight end Austin Stogner joined Rattler from Oklahoma, and receiver Corey Rucker, who is expected to return soon from an injury, is a transfer from Arkansas State.

"I think he will continue to get better and better each week as he continues to get an even better understanding of what we’re doing offensively and develops chemistry," Beamer said. "There's a learning and growth process that has to take place. A quarterback is always more comfortable year two in a system than year one. This is year one, so we’re trying to speed it up as much as we can. We try to marry some stuff with what he did at Oklahoma but it's just different … we need to continue to be great around him also."

The Gamecocks (1-1, 0-1 SEC) face their toughest opponent of the season in No. 2 Georgia (2-0) on Saturday (noon, ESPN) at Williams-Brice Stadium. Beamer said the Bulldogs are an all-around threat, but he has confidence in his team's talent, too.

"I’m still trying to find a weakness on their team and I’m having a hard time," Beamer said. "Our guys are really excited, it’ll be a great atmosphere, and to me that's what you want ... Georgia’s got a lot of great players and so do we."

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