NORMAN — After a breakout performance in the last year’s spring game, Oklahoma receiver Trey Metoyer said he’d never use inexperience as an excuse if his freshman season didn’t go the way he thought it would.
The sophomore stuck to that Tuesday, when he was made available for his first media interviews since spring practices began last month.
Metoyer started the first four games of his freshman season, but was removed from the lineup and finished the year with only 17 receptions, 148 yards and one touchdown.
“It was tough,” Metoyer said. “It was a struggle. I’m used to being on the field. But I sat back and I realized that it was something I had to do. I tried to turn my negative into a positive.
“It happened for a reason. And the reason was, I wasn’t ready.”
Metoyer was a five-star prospect when he signed with OU out of Whitehouse, Texas, in the Sooners’ class of 2011, but academic issues forced him to spend a semester at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia.
Metoyer said his time there made him a “better person.”
“Going to Hargrave, I can say I got more patient,” Metoyer said. “I wanted to come here right away, and couldn’t. Had to go through some things to get here, you know, waited. It made me a better person. Now that I’m here, I’m more humble. I’m just waiting on my opportunity.
“I told myself after I left Hargrave that I wasn’t gonna have no more setbacks. That was it. Not playing last year kinda hurt me, but this year, you’re gonna see a whole nother me.”