The Norman Transcript

September 5, 2013

Norvell wants more from receivers

Receivers coach calls group's play average in the opener

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight got off to rough start throwing the ball. He was just 11 of 28 in the season opener. Receivers coach Jay Norvell believes his receivers contributed to the problems.

“It was average,” Norvell said of the receivers’ play against Louisiana-Monroe. “I just think we’re building continuity. We’re trying to find our personality and we’ve got to play better. We’ve got to play harder. We had three drops in the game; we have to execute, the deep ball especially, better. We did a lot of good things, but we’ve got a lot to build on. It’s kind of a typical first game. We didn’t have a lot of major mistakes, but we had a lot of little things that we’ve gotta clean up execution-wise.”

One of the problems OU had was completing bubble screens. Most of the complications were on Knight simply throwing errant passes. Norvell doesn’t expect the problems to persist.

“I think we’ll see a big improvement in Trevor,” he said. “We all know it’s his first game and there’s a lot of things going through his mind. He’s a very athletic kid, so he revved up. You can see that because he’s such a physical type player too. I think that will slow down for him. He’s done a great job of that stuff in practice and I think we’ll see it in the game, but everybody else has got to execute for him to be able to play at a high level. We’ve got to do a better job of that.”