Late in the summer, though, after the NCAA levied harsh sanctions on Penn State and allowed its players to transfer with immediate eligibility, Brown chose Oklahoma.
Metoyer started the first four games of this season, but struggled to become involved much in the offense.
After the NCAA ruled Fresno State transfer Jalen Saunders eligible before OU's fifth game, Metoyer was removed from the starting lineup; he finished the regular season with just 17 catches, 148 yards and one touchdown.
Brown could relate to Metoyer; he played as a true freshman at Penn State and spent three years in a run-first system.
“Justin shared his stories with Trey,” Norvell said. “‘It wasn't always easy for me. I had hard times. There were times when I had to sit the bench. There were times when I had to watch other guys have success.'
“I think Trey's worked his way through it. ... It's very difficult with the attention and the expectations that kids have on them. I've got to give him a lot of credit.”
Norvell said Brown's relationship with Metoyer represents the surest sign of a program that is built for sustained success.
“That's the neat part about a position group, an offense, a defense and a team,” Norvell said. “The older players give back to the younger players, and then they'll do the same thing with the guys that come in next year.”