When spring practice broke last year, it looked like wide receiver Trey Metoyer was going to have a freshman season for the ages with the Oklahoma Sooners. He broke onto the scene and gave everyone the impression he was going to be a force to be reckoned with in the fall as Oklahoma rolled their way through the Big 12. Things didn’t go quite that way, however, and Metoyer quickly fell out of the starting lineup. After suffering through a forgettable freshman campaign, though, he is ready now to make a name for himself during games that matter.
It was easy to get caught up in the hype for the young wideout last summer. Metoyer was a five-star prospect out of Whitehouse, Texas, when he signed on with the Sooners as part of their 2011 recruiting class. He had to postpone coming to Norman after academic issues forced him to spend a semester at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia. He finally got to Oklahoma, however, in time to participate in spring practice last year and had a breakout performance in the spring game.
That performance earned Metoyer a spot in the starting lineup, though he didn’t stay there for long. After starting the first four games of the season, he was removed from that spot and was relegated to rotational duty the rest of the season. He finished the year with just 17 catches for 148 yards and a touchdown in 11 games. Metoyer, for his part, isn’t making excuses or pointing fingers for his struggles, admitting that he “wasn’t ready” to handle the rigors of starting last fall.
But that’s something he is determined to fix in 2013. Metoyer has internalized the lessons he learned from that difficult experience and has put in the work to avoid another major letdown next fall. He is determined not to suffer a disappointment like last year and has vowed to come back as a completely different player this year that can contribute throughout the season. Is he ready to step up into that role?