Five Things to Watch in Today's Spring Game

NORMAN, Okla. — The Sooners are about set for their Red-White Spring Game, and Sooners Illustrated breaks down five things to keep an eye on.

1. Trey Metoyer--Players and coaches alike have been raving about this guy's progress, and today is everyone's first chance to check him out in a Sooner uniform. Since he's a young receiver, too, his time won't be limited in the action. Fans will get plenty of opportunities to watch Metoyer use his huge hands and big frame to go up and get balls.

2. Defensive backs vs. wide receivers--New defensive coordinator Mike Stoops has been working with the secondary all spring since returning from Arizona and the players have been really receptive to his new schemes. Now, his group will battle a crop of very talented receivers, including the youngster Metoyer, along with veterans Kenny Stills, Jaz Reynolds and company. We've heard nothing but good things about corners Lamar Harris and Joe Powell, so these guys finally get to shine alongside mainstay DBs Demontre Hurst and Tony Jefferson.

3. Young defensive linemen--One of those is defensive tackle Jordan Phillips, who has grabbed the attention of teammates with his athleticism and power. Phillips gets the opportunity to play in front of a live audience for the first time, while defensive end Chuka Ndulue and JUCO transfer defensive end Chaz Nelson get to showcase their skills.

4. Backup quarterback battle--If Landry Jones hadn't returned, this would almost certainly be the biggest storyline. But as it is, the two, Blake Bell and Drew Allen, continue to slug it out for the spot behind Jones. Allen is the more veteran of the two after being in the system a year longer, but Bell has made definite progress and improvement in arm strength and throwing the ball with more accuracy downfield.

5. Backers--Another major storyline this spring has been the emergence of Tom Wort as a big time leader, but what surrounds him is key for next season. Joseph Ibiloye and Corey Nelson return as upperclassmen, along with Jaydan Bird. Some big discussion has been about Frank Shannon and Daniel Franklin, so now's their chance to shine.

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