Red-White Game: Immediate Reaction

NORMAN, Okla. — The Sooners have concluded spring football with the Red-White Spring Game, and we learned a lot from the contest.

Here's the five most immediate things we learned:

1. WR Trey Metoyer is going to be a beast--If the talk about him from the team and coaches alike wasn't convincing enough, his performance Saturday afternoon sure should have been. This guy is going to be a player. Metoyer finished with six catches in all for 72 yards in his debut in front of any kind of Sooner fan base. Expect him to get just that much better in the fall.

2. The defense has bought into new defensive coordinator Mike Stoops' scheme--Let's face it. He was a mastermind the first time he worked as OU's D-coordinator. He's more than capable of doing it again. The defense started off slow in the Red-White game, but picked it up in the second quarter and throughout the rest of the game. Players said afterward they're really comfortable with the new defense Stoops has installed, and some of the big plays made in the backfield showed that in this one.

3. It's a true fight for the backup quarterback spot--Drew Allen has been the backup for the first couple years since Blake Bell has arrived. But Bell showed his progress and development, throwing for 179 yards and a touchdown, while completing 14-of-19 passes. He tossed a deep ball to wide receiver Jaz Reynolds for a touchdown. Still, Allen was good at some times, going 10-for-19 for 72 yards. Head coach Bob Stoops would not comment on who is the true second man behind starter Landry Jones, but no doubt the two both solidified the strides they've made.

4. The D-line's upside is high--After starting slow, the defensive line got quite a bit on penetration and helped the Red Team finish with 14 tackles for loss. And that took place without three players: defensive end R.J. Washington and defensive tackles Casey Walker and Stacy McGee. Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips displayed some of his athleticism, while defensive end Chuka Ndulue, one player a lot of people have been talking about defensively, performed well additionally.

5. Fullback Trey Millard will have a much increased role in 2012--Why he hasn't got the ball more his first couple years is a good question, but he will this time around. The first play from scrimmage went to Millard. He finished with 21 rushing yards on three carries, while also catching a couple of short passes for four yards. Expect the ball to come his way a lot in the fall.

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