The practice fields just south of Owen Field are outlined in white. About five yards from that white line is a solid red line — it's for true freshman Trey Metoyer and the rest of the wide receiving corps to better understand how much room they have when they run their routes so they don't play as much with the line.
Metoyer came to OU from Hargrave Military Academy, and the media and the Sooners placed high expectations on him — extremely high. He was the talk of the spring game, the talk of the offseason and then the preseason. Then came season, and all the talk on freshman wide receivers focused on Oklahoma-native Sterling Shepard.
Metoyer doesn't think he's underperformed, but he knows he's got to get better when he's close to the sidelines of the field.
“I've been running out of bounds, well not running out of bounds … I've been trying to stay inside the numbers,” Metoyer said. “We're working on getting that ball up and letting me make plays. If we can do that and get that rolling, everything else is history.”
STOOPS RECALLS FUNNY, HECKLING TECH PROFESSOR
Bob Stoops was asked Wednesday about Texas Tech's rowdy crowd, and while answering, he remembered a professor whose heckles made him laugh.
“I miss the guy,” Stoops said. “He'd he heckling you, and he'd have like 10 students with him. Nothing real crude, just funny.”
Stoops remembers walking before the game with Steve Spurrier Jr., OU's former receivers coach, and Spurrier was wearing a green jacket.
“They said, ‘What'd, just win the Masters?'” Stoops recalled. “I came out there for warm-ups and had my visor on, and he called me a Spurrier wannabe.
“I'm cracking up; I'm thinking, ‘This guy's the best.' You've gotta get entertained when they have a good one. ... You don't pay attention, except when they're funny like that.”
Stoops said he doesn't remember seeing the professor in 2007 or 2009, the last two times his teams visited Lubbock.
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