NORMAN — The fullback job description: Level the defender. According to Sooners fullback Trey Millard, that's also the best way to earn respect on a football field.
Such respect as a hitter and being named to the All-Big 12 first team by the league's coaches last season has vaulted the 6-foot-2, 249-pound junior into an offensive leadership role. Millard sat down and reflected on his well-earned reputation and new role.
What does it feel like to hit somebody?
“It's fun most of the time as long as you get the best of them, which I try to do as much as possible. But yeah, I like it.”
Why do you like it?
“It's the closest thing to being in a fight. They always say the person who can fight the best has the most respect kind of thing. It's like that on the football field. You know who has respect by what they can do, how they can hit, how they play. At my position, hitting is a lot of it. That's how I try to gain some respect.
Who are the guys on the defensive side who have your respect as a fullback?
“Both of our defensive ends, I've hit on. David King and R.J. (Washington) are the two starters, I think. Both of those guys will come out and hit. Tom Wort at linebacker is a hitter. Corey Nelson is a guy who will get in there and fight. I know I'm forgetting somebody, but we have a bunch of good guys who can just come around and hit.”
What's (running backs) coach Cale Gundy looking for from you?
“I think he's looking for me to step into that leadership role on the offense, doing whatever they ask me to do. Just trying to take that role, play my best and keep everybody accountable on the field.”
What do you view your role on the football field as being?
“I think I view my role as most versatile person on our offense. I feel like I can play a lot of positions — fullback, running back, tight end — I've been able to move around a lot. If I have to say one thing is my strength, I think my strength is being able to do a lot of things well.”
Who do you like in the backfield with you right now?
“We got a bunch of guys out there making plays right now. It's really competitive. I think Brennan (Clay) is the guy you might say has the starting spot right now, maybe. Roy (Finch) is out there making a bunch of plays, Danzel (Williams) is coming along strong. We just got a lot of guys out there making plays.”
How does this team look without Ryan Broyles on the field?
“You can't replace Ryan Broyles. We're a young group, but a lot of those young guys have gotten a lot of playing experience that might have gone a little bit unnoticed. They're definitely out there.”
By RJ Young, for The Oklahoman