Point/counterpoint: Which Oklahoma newcomer will have the biggest impact Saturday against UTEP?
JASON KERSEY, OU FOOTBALL WRITER
Trey Metoyer is the trendy pick, but also the obvious one. The true freshman showed his big-play ability and skills in the spring game against Oklahoma's secondary, which I'd venture represents a tougher test than he'll face Saturday in the West Texas desert.
I'm predicting that there will be five passing touchdowns — from Landry Jones, Blake Bell or even Drew Allen — to be caught Saturday, and they'll be split between Metoyer (two), Penn State transfer Justin Brown (two) and Kenny Stills (one). Metoyer gets the nod as most important newcomer, though, because he'll be the favorite target all night.
A short year removed from a stint in military school, the true freshman lives up to his hype Saturday in El Paso, a short distance from Fort Bliss.
BERRY TRAMEL, COLUMNIST
Damien Williams should have a huge game Saturday night against UTEP. Here's why:
1. He's good. You don't recruit junior-college running backs to sit the bench. The OU staff has indicated Williams has pleased them in August drills.
2. Dom Whaley needs to be brought along slowly. The OU tailback is returning from a gruesome broken ankle suffered 10 months ago, and even if he's fully recovered, no reason to turn him into a workhorse.
3. The Sooners should try to establish the run against UTEP. The revamped offensive line, missing Ben Habern and Tyler Evans, needs to gain some confidence in the run game. No reason not to start with UTEP.
4. If Roy Finch is going to play mostly slot receiver and Trey Millard mostly fullback, the Sooners need a sidekick for Whaley. Williams is the best man for the job.