After the tornadoes on Friday, I questioned making the trek to Norman for Saturday’s Annual Red/White game. After staring at the radar for a couple hours, I decided to risk it, and I’m glad I did. It was hard not to notice some the damage on the way in towards the stadium. There was downed power lines, trees uprooted everywhere, roofs missing. But if one thing can bring a city together, it’s Oklahoma football.
More people showed up than I originally thought would be there, considering the predicted tornadogeddon by the National Weather Service on Saturday. They did end up closing the East side of the stadium, so everyone sat on the home side. The game was moved up to 1:30 from a 2:00 start time for a preventative measure, because the bad weather was scheduled to hit the Oklahoma City area around 5:00 PM.
As always, the Spring Game is a chance for the guys who aren’t your usual suspects get their time to impress. And the one person everyone wanted to see proved all the rumors true: Trey Metoyer. Metoyer has unprecedented speed, great hands and was quite impressive on Saturday. Hopefully his presence will give Kenny Stills the boost he needs to get his head back in it. Stills dropped some easy balls yesterday, one of which was set up perfectly and he would have been endzone bound had he held on to it. The offense did run a play that had Stills and Metoyer lining up on the same side, with Stills moving into the slot a la Ryan Broyles. With tweaking and perfection, this could be deadly.
Another thing most Sooners were looking forward to was seeing if Blake Bell’s passing game had improved any. We all know the “Belldozer” is effective, but the Sooners need for a backup QB to be multi-dimensional is a must. He threw a couple dangerous balls, which against a full-speed defense, would have been ended up in a possible pick-six. The improvement was there, but still a LOT to work on over the Summer. Drew Allen got some reps in along with Kendal Thompson. Thompson has some wheels on him, he found his way out of trouble more than once. Granted it was against second and third team defenses, but his speed is something that stuck out.
Brennan Clay had quite a few carries yesterday at running back. He had the most rushing yards out of the RB corps. Danzel Williams also had a decent showing, and Roy Finch had a nice sideline run, where the sideline was the only defender left that he hadn’t got passed; the sideline won. It also helped that improvements on the offensive line in blocking were helping the backs find the holes.