Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops said he believes sophomore wide receiver Trey Metoyer is much more comfortable in the system and could be ready to begin reaching his tremendous potential in 2013.
Metoyer originally signed with OU in 2011, but academic issues forced him to spend that fall at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia. He arrived in the spring of 2012 and shined in the spring game, creating even greater expectations for the former five-star prospects freshman season.
He started OU's first four games in 2012, but fell out of the starting lineup and rarely played over the final stretch of the season, finishing with only 17 catches, 148 yards and one touchdown.
“I feel Trey definitely feels a lot more comfortable in what he needs to do, what we're asking him to do,” Stoops said. “I feel like he's exhibited more confidence in doing that. We believe he has a chance to have a really big year. Hopefully that will happen.”
KRUGER HAPPY WITH EARLY INTENSITY
The OU men's basketball team kicked off its second week of early practices Sunday night, going through a two-hour workout at Lloyd Noble Center.
“It's gone very well,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “As you might expect, the enthusiasm level is high and the energy level is high.”
The Sooners have 10 practices before heading overseas Aug. 6 to play in Belgium and France.
Oklahoma's practices are open to the public. The team practices at 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and at 10 a.m. Sunday and Aug. 5 before leaving.
Junior college transfers Edson Avila and Keshaun Hamilton are the only players not going through workouts before the trip. Avila and Hamilton, as Kruger expected when they signed, are finishing school work elsewhere and will join the team then they return from the trip.
Oklahoma senior center Gabe Ikard, on the Big 12 entering 2013:
“Top to bottom, it's right up there with the SEC and anyone in the country. We have a lot of great talent in the conference. It seems like a bunch of great quarterbacks graduated at the same time. But there still great teams in this conference. I'm excited to go through another season and compete for a Big 12 championship.”
BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER