NORMAN — Freshman wideout Trey Metoyer is already making a big impression on his teammates and coaches in spring practice.
Coach Bob Stoops said Metoyer could “absolutely” make an impact as a freshman the way Kenny Stills did two seasons ago.
“He has he speed, the size and the maturity,” Stoops said. “He acts like an older player.”
Part of what has sped up Metoyer's development is his desire to learn from the older receivers on the roster. Stills said it is similar to the way he latched on to Ryan Broyles when he first arrived on campus.
“Trey has come in and been in my shadow and trying to see what I can teach him and what he can learn,” Stills said. “That's what I did with Ryan. I wanted to know every little thing that he had in his head.”
Metoyer, who signed with the Sooners a year ago but couldn't qualify academically, spent last season at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia. He was a five-star prospect out of high school.
BELL ‘NOT REALLY' PLAYING TIGHT END, STOOPS SAYS
Sophomore backup quarterback Blake Bell, who made an impact last season in the “Belldozer” short-yardage, goal-line package, was reportedly practicing some at tight end early in spring practices. He scored a team-high 13 touchdowns as a redshirt freshman.
After Tuesday's practice, Stoops said Bell practiced at the position early because of a lack of experience there. But when asked if he's still practicing there, the coach said “not really.”
MILLARD IS ‘THE SLASH'
Junior Trey Millard does a little bit of everything for the Sooners, playing tight end, H-back and fullback. Last season against Kansas State, he displayed his speed with a 61-yard touchdown run.
“He's the slash,” Stoops said. “I was thinking that today. ... I don't know how he remembers it all, but he does.
“The new guys, (assistant coaches) Mike (Stoops) and Tim Kish, have made statements on more than one occasion that he may be the best player on the team. He's just a great athlete because he can do so many things.”