OU football: Trey Metoyer might be finding a place in the Sooners' offense

But co-offensive coordinator and wide receiver coach Jay Norvell is careful in describing Metoyer's progress.
by Ryan Aber Published: August 4, 2013

NORMAN — Five-star wide receiver Trey Metoyer was the star of Oklahoma's 2011 signing class.

Then came the disappointment of having to spend a season at Hargrave Military Academy.

Metoyer was then the star of the 2012 signing class and the spring game that year after enrolling early.

He caught six passes for 72 yards in that game and looked like the receiver most likely to take over the top receiver spot occupied previously by Ryan Broyles.

But more disappointment followed, some self-inflicted and some not.

As a freshman last season, Metoyer struggled to find a place in the Sooners offense as Justin Brown and Jalen Saunders were added to the team late and both became big-time targets for Landry Jones.

With that history, it's no surprise that Sooners co-offensive coordinator and wide receiver coach Jay Norvell is careful in describing Metoyer's progress, even after an even better spring game this season.

“I've seen a real change in him,” Norvell said Saturday before reeling things in. “We're always cautious to say a guy is ready to go. We don't know until we start playing games.”

But ...

“I see a different maturity in him. I see a different focus in him. He's been rolling off the ball the last three days. When a player really starts playing with confidence on a consistent basis, that's when you really gain trust in him. It's really obvious around here that we're trying to gain trust in him. He's one of the guys who hasn't been consistent yet.”

Metoyer caught 10 passes in his first four games, all starts, last season.

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by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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