Monday, January 21, 2013
Metoyer, Reynolds among options at WR
By Jake Trotter
With Justin Brown and Kenny Stills both gone, Oklahoma must replace both of its outside receivers this spring. But the Sooners do not lack options.
Wideout Jaz Reynolds didn't play a snap for the Sooners in 2012.
Trey Metoyer figures to get another shot in the starting lineup after beginning last season there. Metoyer had a phenomenal spring and seemed to be a lock to be one of OU’s top three receivers. Instead, he struggled to get on the same page with quarterback Landry Jones, and, after Jalen Saunders was cleared to play in October, Metoyer not only fell out of the starting lineup, but the rotation altogether.
Bob Stoops, however, said the Sooners remain excited about Metoyer’s future despite the disappointing freshman season.
“We’re very excited about Trey,” Stoops said. “He works hard and has a good attitude. Things didn’t quite click as fast as we thought, overall. Then you had some guys with experience that come about like (transfers) Justin Brown and Jalen Saunders -- those guys have played a lot of football.
“I think Trey has a really bright future and believe it will happen for him. Sometimes it just needs a little more time.”
Along with Metoyer, rising sophomore Durron Neal will also compete for playing time at outside receiver. When they go with three-receiver sets, the Sooners could also swing Saunders to the outside. Saunders played the slot out of OU’s four-receiver sets last season, but lined up on the outside at times at Fresno State.
One other player to watch is senior Jaz Reynolds, who did not play last season after he was suspended for the third time in his career during the offseason.
Reynolds, however, has been productive at different times as an outside receiver during his career, and is capable of providing the Sooners with a big-play threat downfield. But to get back on the field, Reynolds still has much to show the coaching staff, both on and off the field.
“He’ll determine that by his work ethic and his actions off the field and those kinds of things,” Stoops said of Reynolds. “He’ll have a chance to, but it’s fair to say it won’t be easy.
“We’ll see what he’s able to do. He’ll have to earn it.”