By midseason, developing Metoyer wasn’t the priority it had been two months earlier.
This season, however, Stills and Brown are gone. They’ve left holes that Metoyer can fill, but only if he can add the one element his game lacked last season.
“He’s got to work a little bit harder as far as his consistency,” Norvell said. “Trey’s a great talent and he’s got to be more consistent, though. One of the things we’ve got to talk about is earning the right to be a starter and you’ve got to be an every-down player. You’ve got to be the guy that does it right every time and you’re the example to everybody else. If you’re not that guy, then you won’t be that guy.”
Metoyer desperately wants to be one of those guys. He’s become one at every level he’s played. Becoming one at OU means you have to practice and play at the same level on every snap in every practice throughout the spring and the season.
Getting there doesn’t require a monumental leap.
“Coach doesn’t ask for too much, because he knows what I’m capable of. He just tells me to get there. Work hard and keep working and that’s what I try to do,” Metoyer said. “Practice makes perfect, and that’s what he preaches to me all the time. I try to go to practice with a different mindset than I did last year. I’m trying to be more focused and trying to get better.”
Whatever strides Metoyer has made will be displayed when the Sooners conduct the 2013 Red/White Spring Game on April 13 at Owen Field.
Last season, Metoyer showed his physical skills in the spring finale. This spring has been about showing what he can do on every snap.
“The more you practice, the more you get better. We talk about it, we sleep it, breathe it and go through it every day,” he said. “I have no choice but to get more consistent or try to.”
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