Incoming WRs will have to earn playing time

April, 12, 2012
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Oklahoma receivers coach Jay Norvell is in an interesting position. Nearly half of his scholarship players have not arrived on campus with 2012 signees Courtney Gardner, Durron Neal, Sterling Shepard and Derrick Woods set to enter the program this summer.

Norvell expects to be able to tell who can help the Sooners in 2012 shortly after their arrival.

“When fall camp comes we’ll pull them in and see what they can do,” Norvell said. “You can tell if a kid will be able to help you or not. If they have a feel, they have maturity and they will compete, they won’t back off, you feel pretty good about giving them some time.”

Trey Metoyer arrived this spring and already has shown those traits, earning praise from teammates and coaches. He’s proof of how quickly a young player can make an impression, so expect the other four newcomers to be given the opportunity to do the same.

“Some kids just aren’t fazed by things, they just come in and make plays,” Norvell said. “You can’t tell until you get them here and throw them in this environment.”

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