NORMAN — Know that game, “Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?”
Let's play it with Oklahoma football.
Where in the world is Trey Metoyer?
The five-star recruit with “as good as it gets” ball skills has been MIA from big-game play.
He was supposed to be the answer to all of Landry Jones' receiving woes. He was drawing comparisons to be the best freshman performer since Adrian Peterson stepped on Owen Field.
Coach Bob Stoops even said the following about Metoyer after the spring football game: “He just has a natural feel for it, on spacing and how to make plays and get to the ball.”
Then season came and Metoyer's connected with the out-of-bounds line more than Jones' arc-from-his-throw line. In four games, Metoyer's made 10 receptions for 90 yards. He had zero receptions in Oklahoma's 41-20 wreck of Tech.
Oklahoma actually painted a red line along the boarder of its practice field to help Metoyer adjust. Assistant coach Jay Norvell called it a loss of awareness.
“He got a little tight to the boundary a couple times,” Norvell said. “He's gotta learn from that.”
Norvell also attributed it to Metoyer being a young player who wanted to get a catch. Metoyer hasn't played a full football season since high school. Although he attended Hargrave Military Academy in between his senior year of high school and his freshman year at Oklahoma, the wide receiver didn't see much football time.
Metoyer called his lack of grabs a result of excitement. He wants to make the plays. He knows the expectations that the media, fans and coaches had for him. Metoyer doesn't think he's underperformed but said he has to keep reminding himself to stay calm and make the play.
Then there's the game against Texas Tech. Landry Jones threw to him in the end zone during Oklahoma's opening drive, but it was an incomplete. Metoyer at least had plenty of room to — had he needed it — get two feet down before being shoved out of bounds.
Metoyer didn't see a throw the rest of the day, but it doesn't seem to be because he has six total incomplete passes down the sideline.
Metoyer supposedly hurt his shoulder, although it was called “just a little stinger” by one of the players.
“We waited a long time to get Trey here,” Norvell said. “There was a lot of talk about him before he got here. I think everybody's anxious to see him out there and do special things, and he's certainly capable. But the reality is, he's still a freshman.”
Metoyer might want to take a page out of Sterling Shepard's freshman playbook. The Heritage Hall grad told Durron Neal to be ready at all times because if he's called on, he won't be mentally unprepared. Neal made two catches Saturday.
But if we take all the media and the recruiting talk and the fan hype away and we listen to just Metoyer, we'd find that all the way back in April, after the spring game, the only one who didn't think he made an impact in that day was Metoyer himself.
“I did well in spring,” Metoyer said to ESPN. “I had good practices and had a big impact, but I feel like, when it comes to games, that will show where I'm at.”