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3-2-1-30: One bold prediction, one hour before the season opener at UTEP

by Jason Kersey Published: September 1, 2012
OU freshman receiver Trey Metoyer should have a big game tonight against UTEP. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN
OU freshman receiver Trey Metoyer should have a big game tonight against UTEP. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN
EL PASO, Texas — Sooner fans, we’re almost there. The long wait through a rough offseason and a long Saturday is one hour from ending, when at 9:30 p.m. central time, OU kicks off its 2012 season at UTEP inside Sun Bowl Stadium.

ONE BOLD PREDICTION

1. Trey Metoyer makes six catches for 150 yards and three touchdowns vs. UTEP

It was me who wrote about the high expectations placed on Metoyer entering his true freshman season, and I’m adding to them. In my point-counterpoint with Berry Tramel, I was a little less brave in my Metoyer prediction, but an hour before kickoff, I’m thinking bigger now.

This is the kind of talent you don’t often see, and he’s been itching to get back on an actual football game field for months. Sure, he played at Hargrave Military Academy and then in the April spring game, but this is different. This one counts, and I think he’ll make it count.

He’s going to find ways to get open for Landry Jones and use his unique skill set and athleticism to bring down catches that defy logic. I believe Metoyer has the ability to eventually be a first-team All-American and legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate.

I’m not saying that will happen this year, and certainly not solely because of anything he does against a weaker opponent like UTEP.

But I am saying that tonight will be special for Metoyer and, consequently, for Jones.

Now let’s hear it from you: What are your bold predictions for tonight’s game?

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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