The Norman Transcript

October 9, 2013

Metoyer will apparently miss Red River Rivalry

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Oklahoma wide receiver Trey Metoyer didn’t play and wasn’t on the sideline for last week’s game against TCU. Apparently, he’ll miss the Texas game, too.

“He’s taking time here where he has to get some things cleaned up. He’s taking a little break from football,” OU co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said.

Metoyer, a sophomore and a former five-star recruit, has just two catches for 18 yards this season. He scored one touchdown on a 13-yard touchdown grab against Louisiana-Monroe in the season-opener. His other reception went for five yards against Tulsa.

Head on a swivel: Texas receiver Mike Davis was reprimanded by the Big 12 Conference for his “block” on Iowa State’s Deon Broomfield last Thursday. OU’s secondary is very familiar with the play.

“I saw that,” Sooner cornerback Zack Sanchez said. “You’ve just gotta be aware as a defender, no matter where you’re at. It’s tough. It was a tough play. But then again, it’s like being a boxer. You’ve got to be aware at all times when you’re in the ring. When you’re on the football field, you’re in the ring. You’ve just got to be cautious of everything.”

Changing play-callers: Both of Texas’ coordinators have changed since last season’s Red River Rivalry. Major Applewhite is now calling the offensive plays. Greg Robinson took over as defensive coordinator last month.

Sooner defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said it doesn’t matter how long a play-caller has been around. Every team throws something at OU that hasn’t been previously shown.

“There’s unknowns in every game,” he said. “We prepare and 90 percent of it is what we prepare for. But there is 10 to 15 percent that everybody changes week to week. Whatever that is for them, you have to react to it and hopefully our defense is built to react to certain things like that. We’ll see.”

Sums it up: Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker is from Seffner, Fla. He did not grow with the hysteria surrounding the Red River Rivalry.

However, the sophomore produced one of the best descriptions of the game.

“I just think of a bunch of guys out there, running around trying to kill each other,” Striker said. “Having fun, looks like fun, great time. Then, you know, tradition.”

No difference to Stoops: Texas will enter Saturday’s Red River Rivalry game without starting quarterback David Ash. He will miss the game due to a concussion.

That means junior Case McCoy will get the start. OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops doesn’t believe Texas’ offensive ability changes much because of the quarterback.

“I think (McCoy does) everything they ask him to do and he does it well. He’s a very complete player. He throws the ball exceptionally well. He’s very smart,” he said. “It seems like they do a lot of checking at the line of scrimmage whether he’s calling it or someone else is calling it. We have to try to keep him off-balanced with what we are trying to do and give him different looks. Those are all different elements, and be critical again on Saturday as we try to create some confusion with him.”

Not his problem: The massive cloud hanging over Saturday’s Oklahoma-Texas game is what’s going on at Texas. Just in the last month, Longhorn head coach Mack Brown fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz and brought in Greg Robinson to run the defense. Texas athletic director Deloss Dodds announced he will retire in 10 months. And after the 3-2 start to the season, Brown’s future seems tenuous at best.

OU coach Bob Stoops said he paid attention when the change was made at defensive coordinator. But the rest of Texas’ problems haven’t been high on his radar.

“A lot of the other I don’t pay attention to. A lot of the other doesn’t concern me,” he said. “I’m not much on stuff that doesn’t pertain to us at practice and us making improvements. I don’t have a whole lot of time for it.”

John Shinn

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