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Oklahoma football: Fullback Trey Millard views hitting as a means of gaining respect

TREY MILLARD Q&A — Oklahoma's All-Big 12 fullback will enter his third season in a leadership role as someone the Sooners can count on to “do a lot of things well.”
BY RJ Young, For The Oklahoman Published: March 21, 2012

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.”

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