Oklahoma football: Sooner coaches need to put the football in Trey Millard's hands

No one quite knows how high Oklahoma's jack-of-all trades might climb with one more college football season, but there's one way to all but guarantee his stock rises. It also might help the Sooners win some games. Give him the football.
by Jason Kersey Published: January 20, 2013


photo - OU's Trey Millard (33) catches a touchdown during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Kansas Jayhawks (KU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
OU's Trey Millard (33) catches a touchdown during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Kansas Jayhawks (KU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

“We get him involved ... just hard to do a whole lot more with the spot he's in. But we always look for it, and we'll keep doing that, because we feel he's one of our best players.”

Seniors-to-be Damien Williams and Brennan Clay each emerged as solid options in the backfield; Williams displayed tough, inside running ability, plus serious home-run capability.

But Millard — with his size, speed and athleticism — looks like a potential 1,000-yard NFL rusher.

“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.”

Stoops said he doesn't know how high Millard could climb in the draft with another college season — “I don't know where he was gonna go this year, so how am I gonna know next year how much it's gonna improve?” — but said another year of training is important as anything.

“You're gonna be running into Ray Lewis'; you need to be ready for it,” Stoops said. “I think another year in the weight room — he's a true junior — is gonna help him. Getting more experience, those kinds of things.”

Millard offered Oklahoma — which lost its two leading receivers and four-year starting quarterback — a gift by opting for another college season.

It'd benefit the team, Millard's future — and would be a gesture of appreciation — if coaches would put the ball in his hands more often.

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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