“He's got to work a little bit harder as far as his consistency,” said Jay Norvell, Oklahoma's co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach. “One of the things we talk about is earning the right to be a starter. You've got to be an every-down player. You've got to be the guy that does it right every time, and you're the example to everybody else.
“If you're not that guy, then you won't be that guy.”
Oklahoma's roster includes lots of receivers fully capable of being “that guy,” with 2012 leaders Kenny Stills and Justin Brown NFL-bound.
It starts with Saunders. He was granted eligibility just before Oklahoma's 63-21 rout of Texas, which happened to be the first game Metoyer didn't start.
Saunders quickly emerged as a dynamic weapon, catching 62 passes for 829 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomores Sterling Shepard and Durron Neal are eager for enhanced duty, and redshirt freshman Derrick Woods — one of OU's 2012 Scout Team Players of the Year — has been impressive this spring, too.
There's also senior Lacoltan Bester, who didn't play much last season after transferring from East Mississippi Community College, and senior Jaz Reynolds, who is working his way back into the coaches' good graces after a yearlong suspension in 2012.
“Those guys want to play,” Norvell said of Bester and Reynolds. “They don't want to spend their last year watching everybody else. We have some competition, and it's going to make everybody a little bit more accountable to their performance.
“Trey's got to be a little more consistent to be that kind of guy for us.”