Blake Bell rifled the football toward the sideline, but a whistling Oklahoma wind lifted the pass skyward.
It looked destined for the first or second row.
But then in one spectacular moment Saturday afternoon, everyone got to see what Sooner coaches and players have been raving about all spring.
Trey Metoyer leapt, wrapping his massive paws around the ball and plucking it out of the air. In that one play during Oklahoma's Spring Game, the freshman wide receiver showed what all the fuss has been about.
This guy is something special.
“I feel like he's opening up a new door for our offense,” Sooner safety Tony Jefferson said. “Ryan (Broyles) went up and got balls when balls came to him, but I haven't really seen any receiver that has the athletic ability to go up and get the ball like that.”
He shook his head like a defender who's been chasing Metoyer around all spring.
“There's only a few of those types of players out there.”
I'm not here to say it's a guarantee that Metoyer is going to be a first-team All-American next season, but I'm not here to say it's impossible either. Yes, he is young. Yes, he is raw. Yes, he has only been in the Sooner system since arriving on campus in January.
But at 6-foot-2, 198 pounds, he has a skill set that is like a prototypical NFL receiver.
Strong. Physical. Catches anything thrown his way.
“I can't remember him having a competitive play that he didn't make this spring,” Sooner offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said.
And on a team that had a bunch of drops a season ago, sure hands are a big deal.
“They say that a good receiver goes and gets it,” Metoyer said, being made available for interviews for the first time since his arrival at OU. “I try to do that all the time.”
He sure did that Saturday, leading the way with 72 yards receiving on six catches.
And while the leaping grab on Bell's potential overthrow was a highlight, it wasn't his only big play. Four of his six catches went for more than 10 yards. He didn't have a home run like Jaz Reynolds' 60-yard touchdown, but when you're picking up yards in 12- and 15-yard chunks, that's significant.
That's the kind of production that the Sooners need come fall.
All signs this spring point to Metoyer being able to deliver. Consider that Saturday was the first time that Metoyer has played in front of a big crowd in more than a year; he said the crowds were small at Hargrave Military Academy where he spent last fall. But even with more than 20,000 Sooner fans watching his every move, he was confident and composed.
He played more like a veteran than a newcomer.
“He has the talent to be a special player,” Heupel said. “Ultimately, those things are determined by the way they approach every single day, but from January to now, he has those types of characteristics.
“Can he continue it through May, June and July on into fall camp?”
Heupel raised an eyebrow.
“We're going to find out. But if I was a betting man ... I'd bet he would.”
Who knows? Maybe we'll look back on Trey Metoyer as one of those spring football heroes. Maybe we'll think of him as a guy who starred in the spring game but never produced in the real games.
But I'm doubtful this is a spring flash in the pan.
Metoyer looks like the real deal. Sounds like it, too. He talked Saturday about something his dad is always telling him.
“Don't play like a freshman,” he'll say.
The son has bought into the father's edict.
“If I mess up — ‘Oh, he's a freshman'?” he said. “I don't use that as an excuse.
“I want to be just like everybody else.”
That might not be possible. If Saturday is any indication, Metoyer will be unlike anyone else in a Sooner uniform.