NORMAN — Oklahoma freshman wide receiver Trey Metoyer might be the most-watched player Saturday afternoon in an offense-versus-defense spring game at Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
His talent has been so evident that Metoyer (pronounced MUH-twy-er) could earn a starting role as a true freshman, similar to what Kenny Stills accomplished two years ago after making a splash in the spring game.
“He's been as productive as anybody,” said offensive coordinator Josh Heupel. “He's still learning what to do, how to do it. But he's extremely physical, knows how to use his body and is competitive. He does not drop a football. If he can get his hand anywhere near it, he's coming down with it.”
Metoyer arrived a year after he signed, failing to qualify academically out of Whitehouse, Texas. He spent last fall at a prep school. Now that he's in Norman, everyone is buzzing about the 6-foot-2, 198-pound receiver's exceptional skills.
“His size and athleticism makes him totally different than all the other receivers,” said veteran cornerback Demontre Hurst. “He's a special kid who is going to be something special for the offense. He's a really good athlete with really good hands.”
Ranked one of the nation's top receivers in the 2011 class, Metoyer attended Hargrave Academy (Va.) last season.
“He has every intangible you need and makes big plays, makes competitive plays,” said center Gabe Ikard. “He's really fast and strong with strong hands. He's very consistent. He's going to be a big part of our offense, contribute and make a lot of big plays for us.”
Six weeks of spring practice have helped Metoyer speed up the learning curve leading up to two-a-days.
“All young guys typically come back a different player in fall camp,” offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. “He has a summer to digest what we've done, slow it down, become really detailed in fundamentals, his route running, understanding our schemes. Obviously, we hope he'll be a very productive player for us this fall.”