Thursday, April 4, 2013
Roundtable: OU's third starting receiver
By SoonerNation staff
Every Thursday, the SoonerNation staff will answer a roundtable question about OU football. Leave a comment or talk about it in our "There's Only One" forum.
Today's question: Jalen Saunders and Sterling Shepard are locks to start at receiver for the Sooners in 2013. Who will be OU's third starting wideout?
Jaz Reynolds caught 41 passes for the Sooners in 2011 but missed the 2012 season because of suspension.
• I think the answer comes down to the one who has done the most and the one who could do the most. In other words, Jaz Reynolds and Trey Metoyer. Reynolds, remember, at different times has been OU's second- or third-best receiver, and has shown that he can be a big-play target downfield (see Kansas State, 2011). Metoyer's upside, meanwhile, remains tremendous despite a lackluster freshman season. So far, it sounds like Reynolds has been more consistent (imagine that?) this spring. But I still believe the switch will eventually flip for Metoyer, and that he'll eventually beat out Reynolds for the third job before the season opener.
- Jake Trotter
• The sleeper pick is Lacoltan Bester. As one of three senior scholarship receivers on the roster, Bester's time is now. He's had a solid spring, has been lauded for his competitiveness and is generally considered the best blocking receiver on the roster. None of those traits, however, ensure on-field production this fall. Thus, Trey Metoyer gets the nod. Clearly one of the Sooners' most talented receivers, the light will come on at some point for the sophomore. And when it does, he'll become a problem for Big 12 defenses. It might not happen immediately but as the home stretch of the 2013 season approaches, expect Metoyer to be a big part of OU's offense and a main target for whoever is pulling the trigger from behind center.
- Brandon Chatmon
• Trey Metoyer has the upside. Jaz Reynolds has the proven track record. But for my taste, this is the season OU fans remember why they were so excited to have ESPN 150 receiver Durron Neal sign with the Sooners. It was a learning curve for Neal as a freshman, and he suffered his ups and downs. He's motivated, talented and mentally ready to take that next step. He might not start 2013 as the third receiver, but he will close out the season in that spot with no plans of being replaced. And being able to wear the No. 5 jersey should help as Neal has admitted how happy he is to wear the number again after being No. 13 last year. Sounds silly, but Neal will be a new man wearing No. 5.
- Bob Przybylo