Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/15/12
OU’s spring Red and White game is an annual chance for fans to catch a sneak peek at next year’s lineup. This year, even the blustery, stormy weather couldn’t keep the crowd’s spirits down, or keep the Sooners from showing off some great new talent!!
 
The Quarterback Pack
On the quarterback front, Oklahoma let all four of its QBs speak for themselves on the football field. #12 Landry Jones was solid, if a little lackluster, but the show was stolen by backups #10 Blake Bell, #15 Drew Allen, and #11 Kendall Thompson. Blake “The Belldozer” Bell, an unstoppable force last season when it came to running the ball, refrained from rushing and instead showed off his arm with some impressive and daring passing plays – including a beautiful 60 yard touchdown pass to Jaz Reynolds. He went 14-19 for 179 yards and 1 TD. Allen gave a solid performance as well, throwing 10-18 for 72 yards. My favorite surprise on the QB front, however, had to be the solid showing of the previously unseen Thompson, who threw 7-9 for 42 yards and a touchdown. He also showed a much needed (in my opinion) willingness to run the ball, and although he was never able to get up to speed, Thompson looks to have some fast feet on him. Although Landry and Bell probably have this season sewn up, keep an eye out for appearances by Allen and maybe Thompson during some of those mismatched games the Sooners are playing next season.
 
The OU Wide Receiver Hype
After seeing the performances by Saturday’s wide receiver crew, which included #17 Trey Metoyer (6-72), #4 Kenny Stills (2-20), #16 Jaz Reynolds (2-64), #2 Trey Franks (6-54), and #87 Derrick Bradley (1-10), I am completely ready to believe the rumors that this will be a fantastic season for Oklahoma and its wide receivers.
 
The biggest disappointment, in my opinion, was the lackluster performance by #4 Kenny Stills. Although there were no major gaffs, I personally was expecting a little bit of a show from the wide receiver with the hype and solid numbers from the 2011 season. He had a couple of noncommittal runs and drops, all of which may have only been due to the fact that this was only a scrimmage, but it was unimpressive nonetheless.
 
Stills’s performance may have been ignored even if it had been up to his usual standards, however. All eyes were on touted new WR #17 Trey Metoyer, who caught six passes for 72 yards. Metoyer demonstrated fantastic flexibility when it came to catching the ball – both across the middle as well as down the field – a skill that will come in handy when making those tricky completions during the regular season. His ability to catch the ball in pressure situations will no doubt take some of the completion pressure off QB Jones: knowing someone solid is going to be at the other end of his pass may be the reassurance Jones needs to get his red zone 4th-and-1 conversions up. 
 
Spring: a Season for Hope
So what will next season hold, as told by the Red and White game? A solid Jones-Bell quarterback pairing (especially with Bell’s newfound passing proficiency), a return in full force of OU’s relentless, no-break offense, and some amazing red zone catches by Oklahoma’s receivers. Also watch for Oklahoma to continue its efforts to improve its secondary.
 
If Oklahoma can get all of these pieces to come together, I can see an exciting and extremely promising season for the Sooners!! 

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