Oklahoma football: Dallas Cowboys' CeeDee Lamb says QB change was 'business decision' for Lincoln Riley


There is a full-blown quarterback quandary within Oklahoma football after true freshman Caleb Williams came off the bench in Week 6 and led the Sooners to a memorable comeback win against arch-rival Texas. And while no official word has been given if Williams will replace preseason Heisman favorite Spencer Rattler as the starter going forward, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver and former Oklahoma standout CeeDee Lamb is in full support of Lincoln Riley's decision to make the change after Rattler struggled early in the Week 6 contest.

"It was a business decision," Lamb told reporters this week when asked about the change, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "Obviously, Spencer didn’t have the best half he wanted. But obviously the young guy Caleb (Williams) definitely did a great job coming in when it was his time and stepping in. I’m sure the team will appreciate him and I’m sure Spencer (Rattler) still has the same love he does for the o-line and the team and the chemistry going that’s going on in that locker room."

Lamb, a first-round pick out of Oklahoma in 2020, caught for more than 3,200 yards during his three seasons with the Sooners from 2017-2019, including 1,000-yard receiving seasons in both 2018 and 2019. Lamb overlapped with Rattler for one season — Rattler was a true freshman and saw limited action in 2019 while Lamb was an established playmaker in what would be his final season in Norman.

In regards to the sudden questions that Oklahoma has to answer at the position of quarterback, Riley declined to announce a starter for the team's upcoming contest against TCU in Week 7 when asked multiple times earlier in the week. However, OU Daily, the independent student newspaper at the University of Oklahoma, published a report stating that Williams was seen scrimmaging with the first team during Tuesday's practice, while Rattler was seen working with the second team. Reporters from The Daily observed a practice from a public building adjacent to the team's practice fields given the "heightened interest given the situation" and wrote that no athletics employees discouraged observation.

Williams, who replaced Rattler for good in the game after Rattler committed two turnovers in the first half, led six scoring drives on eight second-half attempts and eight of 10 overall, accounting for 300 total yards and three touchdowns. That performance earned Williams 247Sports True Freshman of the Week honors for Week 6.

Williams’ first touch of the game came on a fourth-and-1 in the second quarter. He took the ball 66 yards to the house. After Rattler committed his second turnover of the game some seven minutes later, Riley made the switch to Williams.

Rattler endured a similar benching last year against Texas. Current SMU quarterback Tanner Mordecai led three second-quarter drives but Rattler was reinserted after halftime and led the Sooners to a 53-45, four-overtime victory. Riley said he planned to do something similar with Rattler following the 2021 Red River Showdown. But Williams may have played too well for Riley to snatch the reins from him.

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Oklahoma and TCU kick Saturday at 6:30 p.m. CT. The game will air on ABC.

Chris Hummer contributed to this report.