Bob Stoops hinted at Big 12 Media Days that OU might slow down the pace of the offense to help out the defense this season.
Offensive coordinator Josh Heupel hopes that isn’t the case.
“When we've had the ability, our personnel has allowed us to (speed tempo), when they've had some experience with what we're doing,” Heupel said. “Last year we played with more of it. It's been a weapon for us. Certainly it's one that we want to use this year as well. It's another way to attack defenses.
“You look in the past at teams that have shifted, traded, motioned, been multiple with their personnel, played multiple formations, tempo is another way to attack. So I hope nothing changes.”
More from Finch
Roy Finch has the been the wild card in OU’s offense since 2010. The 5-foot-7, 167-pound senior has bounced around from running back to receiver. Last year, he played mostly on special teams.
Heupel has seen a different player since training camp began.
“A year ago, Roy got caught a little bit because of our situation at wide receiver heading into fall camp. He bounced around between wideout and running back. For whatever reason, I don't think he was playing the way he's capable of at any of the positions,” Heupel said. “His maturity, the way he's approached the offseason, in the weight room, academically, at practice, meetings, he's been tremendous. He's been mature in a great way. Because of that I feel like he's going to have a great year.”
Change has come
The breakout year wide receiver Trey Metoyer expected last season did not occur. The former five-star recruit only had 17 catches and one touchdown.
OU co-offensive coordinator/receivers coach Jay Norvell said there was a coming-of-age process Metoyer went through last season.
“I see a different maturity in him, I see a different focus in him. He’s been rolling off the ball the last three days,” Norvell said. “When a player really starts playing with confidence on a consistent basis, that’s when you really gain trust in him. It’s really obvious around here that we’re trying to gain trust in him. He’s one of the guys who hasn’t been consistent yet. He’s had a good camp but the key is when you play a guy at the starting position, you have to trust him on every day and on every snap. He has to raise his level of understanding performance every time he’s out there. So he’s trying to do that and he’s certainly had a great start. I think our football team responds when he makes plays. We’re excited about it right now. We’re cautious, but we’re still pushing.”