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OU football: Freshman receiver Trey Metoyer looks like the real deal

Trey Metoyer showed what all the fuss has been about Saturday, making six catches for 72 yards.
by Jenni Carlson Published: April 14, 2012

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.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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