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April 14, 2013

Are these spring hopes eternal for OU’s Metoyer?

NORMAN — The annual Red-White spring game is a skirmish without context and there’s really no way around it.

In an age of closed practices, holding out your stars, putting blue jerseys on your quarterbacks and throttling back the playbook because an opponent might pick something up watching it, just how much can anybody hope to glean?

Indeed, how much could anybody learn in the first place. It is, after all, Sooners playing Sooners.

Who wins?

On the other hand …

Because Trey Metoyer caught six passes for 122 yards and, more telling to me, sitting in the press box without anybody explaining what was happening on the field and too high up to recognize uniform numbers very easily and, frankly, too disinterested in whatever this year’s Red-White scoring formula was, I wrote Metoyer’s name down more than anybody else’s.

I’m terrible with uniform numbers but every time somebody made a big, leaping, adjust-in-the-air competitive catch, I looked hard to get the number, saw that it was 17, glanced at my roster and again realized it was Metoyer (except for the one time I realized it was Durron Neal).

There was that, as well as the moment I looked down and saw a vaguely familiar figure darting through the defense, saw that it was No. 22, and knowing who it was without consulting the roster, wrote this down in my notebook:

ROY FINCH!

I might have written down, Hey, didn’t you used to be Roy Finch?, but figured just thinking it was enough.

Everybody’s interested in the quarterbacks and when you have three vying for the job, everybody should be. But on a team whose most proven returning skill player might be Trey Millard, who has wrung up a grand total of 1,040 (441 rushing, 599 receiving) yards from scrimmage in three seasons, maybe a couple of guys once destined to be the next big thing yet never panned out are a couple of guys worth looking at.

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