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.”
FARNIOK CONTINUES TO IMPRESS
Redshirt freshman offensive tackle Derek Farniok is huge at 6-foot-9 and 325 pounds.
So big that sophomore Darryl Williams admitted he doesn't like matching up with him in practice.
“When we do individual drills, I don't want to go up against Derek because I'm looking up to him, and I'm like, ‘Oh man,'” Williams said with a laugh.
“What really impresses me about him is how hard he works. When I first saw him, I'll be honest, I thought he was gonna be lazy or not be able to move, but he's really a hard worker. One of the hardest workers on the team.”
NORVELL ASKED ABOUT TWITTER
Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell spoke with the media for the first time since it was reported in late February he possibly committed secondary NCAA violations for comments he made on Twitter.
“I'm not really allowed to talk about it,” Norvell said. “It's the way of the world. (Twitter) is not going away. We try to use it the best we can and use it to our advantage. But more than that I'm not really allowed to talk about.”
On Feb. 21, a string of tweets from Norvell's Twitter account went out to six wide receiver recruits in the 2013 class. Each received the message “This is Coach Jay Norvell from Oklahoma. Would like to offer you a Full Scholarship to Oklahoma.”
OU's compliance department investigated the tweets but hasn't made a public statement. The tweets are believed to secondary violations in part because they were made during a “quiet” recruiting period.
STILLS PLANNING NEW HAIR STYLE
Stills is still sporting a Mohawk that he had all last season. It's closer shaved but still has a yellow tail in the back.
“I feel I have to keep it because other people are doing it,” Stills said. “But we have a surprise coming soon.”
SPRING GAME NEARS
OU officials are hosting a Boomer Barbecue from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. north of Owen Field before the April 14 spring game, which kicks off at 2 p.m.
The barbecue is $10. Other activities include a free autograph zone and kids' amusement rides. Fans can also participate in a free, 45-minute autograph session with the 2012 team on the field following the game.