— Becoming a focal point of Oklahoma’s offense requires an abundance of skills. Size, speed and coordination are all part of the requirements.
However, there’s one that ranks above all others.
“You have to be consistent,” co-offensive coordinator/receivers coach Jay Norvell said.
It’s the one trait genetics have nothing to do with. It takes good old-fashioned focus to add that final part of the equation.
Sophomore receiver Trey Metoyer admits it’s the one requirement he didn’t have last season, and all that goes into playing at a big-time college level caught him off guard.
“Last year was a learning process. I sat back and I watched,” he said. “Coming into this year, I’m just gonna go all out and do what I do best.”
Going into the 2012 season, Metoyer seemed to be OU’s likeliest candidate for a breakout star. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound receiver was coming off a year of military school in Hargrave, Va., but the skills he’d shown as a five-star recruit at Whitehorse (Texas) High School in 2010 had not diminished. It was obvious when he caught six passes for 72 yards in the 2012 Red/White Spring Game.
But it didn’t carry over to the season.
Metoyer started the first three games and experienced bits of success, catching 10 passes for 90 yards against UTEP, Florida A&M and Kansas Sate.
“For a minute last year in the middle of the season, I thought I knew. But I guess I wasn’t quite there,” Metoyer said.
Metoyer caught just seven more passes the rest of the season and did not have a single catch in the final three games.
For one, more reliable options emerged. Landing Justin Brown — a two-year starter at Penn State — several days into preseason practice provided the offense with a fully developed outside receiver. When the NCAA cleared Jalen Saunders midway through the season, suddenly OU had the slot receiver it desperately needed to replace Ryan Broyles. Saunders’ emergence also opened the door to moving Kenny Stills back to outside receiver.