NORMAN — Trey Metoyer entered his first college football season facing enormously high expectations, and failed to meet them.
Originally part of OU's recruiting class of 2011, Metoyer was forced to spend the next fall at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia to work on academic issues. He enrolled at OU in time for the 2012 spring session, starred in the spring game and then started last season's first four games.
After struggling, though, Metoyer was benched, finising the year with only 17 catches, 148 yards and a touchdown.
As the sophomore works through his second set of spring practices, Metoyer said he learned from the experience last year and is ready to make an impact.
Metoyer spoke with reporters last week after an OU practice.
Q: What do you know now that you didn't last year?
A: I wanna say I know more about the game. For a minute last year in the middle of the season, I thought I knew. But I guess I wasn't quite there.
I got it going now. I'm studying in the film room and I think I'll be more comfortable this year.
Did you feel pressure to live up to the expectations?
I don't see any pressure at all. The only pressure is to go out and do my job. I feel like I was in this situation in high school. I was one of the best receivers coming out and then I had an issue. I feel like I'm in the same position. I just have to compete.
What has position coach Jay Norvell asked of you this spring?
Coach doesn't ask for too much, because he knows what I'm capable of. He just tells me to get there. Work hard and keep working and that's what I try to do.
Practice makes perfect and that's what he preaches to me all the time. I try to go to practice with a different mindset than I did last year; I'm trying to be more focused and trying to get better.
How do you feel your time at Hargrave helped you?
Going to Hargrave, I can say I got more patient. I wanted to come here right away, and couldn't. Had to go through some things to get here, you know, waited. It made me a better person. I told myself after I left Hargrave that I wasn't gonna have no more setbacks. That was it. Not playing last year kinda hurt me, but this year, you're gonna see a whole nother me.