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April 14, 2013

COLUMN: Are these spring hopes eternal for OU's Metoyer?


NORMAN — Metoyer, of course, is one more unproductive season and one more great Red-White experience from being derisively dubbed “Mr. Spring Game.”

As for Finch, if only Bob Stoops, instead of saying “We love Roy” in the past, had instead said what offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said Saturday, we might have understood.

“Roy is more reliable because of what he has been able to do on a consistent basis in January and February during the offseason,” Heupel said. “He’s doing what we ask him to do in the meeting room, on the practice field, in the weight room and in the classroom. He’s maturing as a person.

“To play at a high level, you have to be mature as an individual. He’s doing a lot of things the right way that give you hope that he’ll be able to have a bigger role than a year ago.”

Recall that Metoyer looked like OU’s best receiver heading into last season, even in front of Kenny Stills based on the last half of Stills’ sophomore season. But it didn’t happen for him. When he wasn’t running routes out of bounds, Metoyer managed to catch a whopping 17 passes for 148 yards.

Stoops says this is a different Metoyer.

“I see a guy that’s more sure of himself, that has been more consistent in practice and in everything that we’re doing,” he said. “I just feel like he has a better grasp of everything we’re asking him to do now than he had then.”

Heupel, who in a big change may now be the top truthteller on the OU staff, was more to the point.

“I said this a year ago,” he said. “If (Metoyer) is going to read the headlines and see what the people are saying right now, he won’t be prepared when the fall comes. Ultimately you have to prepare and work every day to give yourself an opportunity.”

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