- Brandon Chatmon, ESPN Staff Writer
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Just weeks after starting his first college game, Oklahoma freshman Trey Metoyer will experience something he has never experienced before on Saturday.
The Sooners receiver will play his first Big 12 Conference game against No. 15-ranked Kansas State at Owen Field.
“I’m going to try to stay composed and stay focused,” Metoyer said. “I know it’s a big game, all eyes and cameras are going to be on (us), everybody is going to be watching.”
Metoyer has seven receptions for 51 yards and one touchdown in two games this season. The Big 12’s preseason newcomer of the year understands elite playmakers earn their stripes in big games but he doesn’t want to allow his desire to excel to override his mental focus.
“The main thing I want to do is stay calm and let the game come to me,” Metoyer said. “That’s the key thing: Don’t try to force anything, let the game come to you and when my time comes, make plays.”
Big games can be a overwhelming experience, so receivers coach Jay Norvell makes it a priority to address his young players in those situations.
“We remind those young guys all the time how important it is,” Norvell said. “I remember Ryan Broyles when he was a freshman in the Big 12 championship game, you always grab those young guys and get their attention.
“It’s always important that everybody know what to do and to understand they’re going to be playing against experienced Big 12 players that know how to play. And you better bring it on every snap. It will be a different speed than our two nonconference games and they have to be ready for that.”
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