NORMAN — Dimitri Flowers arrived in Norman in January hailed as the replacement for do-everything Trey Millard.
Flowers is still two weeks from playing in his first game but he’s certainly looked the part so far.
In OU’s Spring Game, he was involved in the first several plays and showed off the kind of versatility that was Millard’s hallmark.
Flowers talked last week about the comparisons to Trey Millard, arriving early and being recruited to OU.
Q: Where are you playing most right now? Running back? Fullback? Tight end?
A: “I’m just moving around and wherever they tell me to go is where I’ll line up and do my job.”
How much did coming to Norman in January help?
“It helped me tremendously. It was the best move I could have made in my life, honestly. Looking back, I’ve had seven months to prepare. If I got here in May, I would have only had two. I feel like I’m prepared now.”
Did watching Millard and the way OU used him give you an indication you could play early here?
“It did. Everywhere you go, you want to try and play early. Especially going in and knowing Trey was a four-year senior and about to leave, I felt like if I could do what he did, I could at least get me some playing time.”
What do you think about the comparisons to Trey?
“It’s all the time. It’s on the field. People joke around and call me Trey 2.0 or little Trey. It’s fun, but I’m trying to go out and make a name out for myself as well.”
Was it hard to get recruiting attention as a fullback?
“It was. I was classified as an athlete. In high school, I was never hand-in-the-ground. I was also the running back, quarterback and receiver. Oklahoma found me. Luckily they did and I’m here.”
Some recruits shy away from being labelled a fullback.
“It was more of a “we’re looking to make you this guy.” It wasn’t a certain position. So when I looked up Trey and watched his highlights, he was all over the field, all the time. It was something I felt like I could step in and do.”
Was that a recruiting tool no one else had?
“I would have to say so. Oklahoma brought the versatility that impacted the most.”
Who is mentoring you here?
“I look up to (Aaron) Rip(kowski) mainly. He has been there the longest. Blake (Bell), he just knows the offense coming from quarterback. I look at those two mainly.”
Does your mentality change when you have to put your hand in the ground?
“It’s different. You can’t go in there on your toes or do any of that stuff. You have to follow technique and listen what the coaches say. You just got to play. You’ve got to want it, really.”
What was it like getting so much action in the spring game?
“I really did not expect that at all. I really expected to go with the second group and just play. I was ready to go. It was exciting. It was really exciting.”
Have you picked up where you left off in the spring?
“I feel like I know the offense now since I was here in the spring. It was just turning the page, basically, and going right back where I was.”