NORMAN — Few players begin college football careers with the anticipation and expectations for immediate glory that greeted Trey Metoyer last August.
What followed over the past 15 months have been disappointment, frustration and head scratching about the former five-star prospect and why he couldn't seem to apply on Saturdays the unlimited potential he displayed in practice and scrimmages.
Was it academics? He needed a semester at military school before he could even enroll at Oklahoma. Was it a struggle to adapt to the college game? He nearly recorded a touchdown pass in his first career game at UTEP, when he caught a deep pass over a defender near the goal line, but his foot was out of bounds. Did he simply buckle under the tremendous pressure and lofty expectations?
This week, we learned of another potential problem, one much deeper and more devastating than football or school. Metoyer was charged Tuesday in Cleveland County with two felony counts of indecent exposure. According to a probable cause affidavit, Metoyer exposed himself to two different women on separate occasions.
Metoyer pleaded not guilty to both counts Wednesday, but his Oklahoma football career is almost certainly finished.
Coach Bob Stoops announced Metoyer's indefinite suspension Tuesday night, and said he doesn't expect Metoyer “will return to the team in the future,” likely ending a short stay in Norman for the player most considered a can't-miss superstar in waiting.
Metoyer committed to Oklahoma in March 2010, between his junior and senior seasons at Whitehouse (Texas) High. The big, fast wideout was considered one of his recruiting class' elite talents.
In a May 2010 interview with The Oklahoman, Metoyer said he'd been interested in LSU, but was discouraged by the way they used receiver Rueben Randle in his freshman season.
Randle, like Metoyer, was a five-star prospect, but caught only 11 passes his first year on campus in 2009.
“I don't know if he was overrated, but 11 passes, I need that in one game,” Metoyer said.
Metoyer signed with Oklahoma in February 2011, but couldn't improve his grades enough to qualify academically, forcing a season at Virginia's Hargrave Military Academy.
When he learned he hadn't qualified, Metoyer considered quitting football altogether, he said last August.
But he decided to fight through the semester, a decision that made his father swell with pride.
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