Oklahoma juniors Trey Millard and Kenny Stills acknowledged Monday they've received grades from the NFL Draft Advisory Board, but both said they haven't made decisions yet.
“It just comes back in the top three rounds or not in the top three rounds,” Millard said.
“I was not in the top three.”
Stills, a wide receiver, said his grade “talked about anywhere in the first four rounds.
“I don't know how to explain it, but I think it's more of a safe way for them to be able to tell us something. The wording of it is a little bit funny.”
As a fullback, though, Millard (6-feet-2, 256 pounds) is in a unique position; he's not likely to be selected very high because of the position he plays, so there might not be as much incentive for him to return for his senior season.
“You can't really move up as far as the first round,” Millard said. “You have to take that into account.”
Millard has been used as a jack-of-all-trades at Oklahoma; he's played a more blocking fullback role, while also showing the ability to run with and catch the football.
“Some people say that I'll play more of a running back,” Millard said. “I've heard a bunch of different things, more of a W or a tight end that doesn't necessarily have his hand down on the line.”
When asked what incentive he has to stay, Millard said, “The degree. Going through my senior year with a class and a group of guys I came in with. Try to win a national championship, win another Big 12 championship. Be one of the few classes to beat Texas four years in a row. Go up and play Notre Dame. Those are all reasons to stay.”
KING WILL PLAY INSIDE
Defensive tackle Stacy McGee didn't travel with the team and won't play in Friday's Cotton Bowl following his Dec. 24 DUI arrest, meaning senior defensive end David King will probably play lots of snaps inside.
“Yes, I was playing tackle and working a lot inside when we started practice before the bowl and before the mess ever happened,” King said, referring to McGee's arrest.
Asked if he'll play tackle exclusively or just in pass rushing situations, King said, “We're still working it out, but we'll see what happens on Friday.”
BOWL EXPERIENCE MEANS MORE TEAM BONDING
Bowl experiences are fun for players, senior defensive tackle Casey Walker said, because during these trips, players spend all their time around each other.
“During the regular season when you go on the road, you're there Friday night and Saturday morning,” Walker said. “For a bowl game, you're here for a week and you do everything as a team.”
Oklahoma and Texas A&M players came together Saturday at a Cowboys Stadium welcome ceremony. Sunday, the Sooners ate at the Lawry's Beef Bowl before taking in the San Antonio Spurs' 111-86 win over the Dallas Mavericks.
“During the season, everyone does their thing and then goes home,” Walker said. “This is a team trip and that's pretty cool.”
Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel, on the quarterback matchup between Johnny Manziel and Landry Jones:
“Johnny won the Heisman, but I don't think (Jones) looks at it that way. It not him vs. Johnny to begin with. It's us vs. A&M. On our side of the battle, it's us vs. A&M's defense. There's 10 other guys who have to play at a high level to give him a chance to be successful.”