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.
NORVELL: TECH DOING LOTS DIFFERENT ON DEFENSE THIS YEAR
Through four games, Texas Tech's defense ranks No. 1 in the country in total defense and passing defense — a far cry from the end of last year, when the Red Raiders were ranked 102nd nationally in total defense.
But given Tech's competition so far, how can anyone tell how much better the unit really is under first-year coordinator Art Kaufman?
“I don't think there's any question they're better,” said OU co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell.
“They're doing different things defensively. They're showing more coverage variation ... blitzing a lot more than they have, and that's given people problems.
“Now, just like us and everybody else, the competition gets better now that you get into conference. ... They've proved they're a good football team.”
STOOPS INTRIGUED BY FITZGERALD'S METHODS
Texas Tech's fight song blared from loudspeakers near the end of Oklahoma's football practice Wednesday afternoon, a tactic coach Stoops sometimes uses to prepare his Sooners to play in hostile environments.
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald took that philosophy a step further this week: He's even playing music in team meetings.
“Not the whole meeting but a little bit of it, just to get completely and thoroughly annoyed,” Fitzgerald told reporters.
Stoops was asked after Wednesday's practice if he's heard about Fitzgerald's unorthodox method of preparing his players for environments like the one the Wildcats will face Saturday at Penn State.
“Pat's a lot braver than me,” Stoops said.
“Interesting ... I should probably follow it; those guys are smart guys up there.”
Bob Stoops, when asked about Walt Anderson's apology to OSU coach Mike Gundy for a botched call on Texas' decisive touchdown last weekend:
“It's just a judgment call sometimes. ... Some of those decisions aren't very easy.
“I'm still not gonna let the guys at Oregon off the hook.”