Over the past three games, Oklahoma defensive coaches have tried different — sometimes radical — schemes without much success.
Against Baylor, West Virginia and Oklahoma State's spread, high-powered attacks, the Sooners trotted out six or seven defensive backs at a time, meaning a decreased linebacker presence.
TCU, OU's opponent for Saturday's season finale, is more traditional offensively. In last week's win at Texas, the Horned Frogs attempted only 10 passes and ran the ball 48 times.
“You kind of limit what the linebackers can do when you play teams that can spread it out like that and get a lot of wide receivers on the field,” said junior middle linebacker Tom Wort.
METOYER NOT PLAYING MUCH, BUT LEARNING LOTS
True freshman receiver Trey Metoyer was expected to be an immediate superstar, but his inaugural OU season hasn't worked out like that.
He started the season's first few games, but became primarily a reserve after the NCAA granted transfer Jalen Saunders immediate eligibility.
Another transfer, senior Justin Brown, has also taken playing time that might've otherwise been Metoyer's.
But co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell, who coaches receivers, said Metoyer has kept a good attitude through the season.
“Everybody realizes that if we don't have those two kids that are eligible, his world is different right now,” Norvell said. “But we do have experienced guys ... and that he can learn from that is important.”