Bob Stoops: Young receivers coming along

Freshman receiver Trey Metoyer has already been penciled in as a starter for the Sooners in 2012. Mark D. Smith/US Presswire

All eyes in Stillwater will be on Oklahoma State’s true freshman starting quarterback, Wes Lunt. Unrelated to Lunt, Bob Stoops was asked about how playing true freshman receivers this season compares to playing freshman quarterback Landry Jones in 2009.

“Inexperienced quarterback is a lot tougher,” Stoops said. “Remember, we were fumbling snaps. In the end, I think this has a better chance to be polished up quicker, all being that Landry has so much experience, the line has so much experience.”

Jones is entering his fourth season as the starter, and the offensive line returns four starters. But following suspensions to Trey Franks, Jaz Reynolds and Kameel Jackson, the Sooners will likely play as many as three true freshman wideouts: Sterling Shepard, Durron Neal and Trey Metoyer. Stoops said even with so much youth at wideout, the offense shouldn’t miss much of a beat.

“We get a couple of these younger receivers to come along,” Stoops said, “we can be doing what we’re used to doing.”