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Writer's roundtable: Who will be Oklahoma's top receiver?

OU writers Mike Baldwin and Jason Kersey discuss next season's receiving group with columnist Jenni Carlson.
by Jenni Carlson and Michael Baldwin and Jason Kersey Published: April 15, 2012
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Who will be OU's top receiver next fall?

Mike Baldwin, OU beat writer: Trey Metoyer. That's saying a lot for a player who hasn't played a game. Kenny Stills, now a junior, started as a freshman and set freshmen receiving records, but he dropped a couple more passes in the spring game. Metoyer, bigger and stronger, caught everything within arm's length. Metoyer will break Stills' freshmen records.

Jenni Carlson, columnist: Saturday convinced me that Metoyer can be a big-time receiver, but what about chemistry with Landry Jones? We have no idea about that since the two didn't play together at all during the spring game.

Jason Kersey, OU beat writer: I'm not ready to say Trey Metoyer is better than Stills based on one scrimmage. Stills has shown big-play ability in actual games, and I think he will develop into the Sooners' go-to guy with Ryan Broyles graduated.

Carlson: Stills has shown he can be big time, but his drops are troublesome. If Jones and Metoyer build chemistry, Metoyer will be the guy by midseason. I mean, we know how much Jones likes going to on a dependable go-to guy, don't we?

Baldwin: The Sooners need Stills to be the dependable big-play second option he was to Ryan Broyles. This time, he can play that role with the ultra talented Trey Metoyer. Similar to fullback Trey Millard two years ago, Metoyer has a plays-and-acts-older-than-a-freshman quality that will help him enjoy immediate success.

Kersey: Until we see Metoyer in a real game situation, I don't think we can consider him the best receiver on the team. Stills, like any player with that much talent, will improve with time. By admitting his failures, he has shown his continuing mental maturity, and I think he will show a similar on-field growth.

by Jenni Carlson
Columnist
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL 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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