OU football notebook: Freshman Trey Metoyer makes big impression

by Michael Baldwin and Jason Kersey Published: April 3, 2012

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.

by Michael Baldwin
Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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