Saturday won't just be Missouri's homecoming. It will be a homecoming for Oklahoma freshman fullback Trey Millard.
The Sooners performed quite the recruiting coup, plucking Millard out of Columbia, Mo.
The reason Millard decided to leave his hometown for Norman?
Style of play. Missouri first recruited Millard as an outside linebacker, then a flexed out tight end.
OU recruited Millard as a fullback, the position he wanted to play.
"I know his mom is there and they have great affection for Missouri," coach Bob Stoops said. "But I think our style of football fit Trey with the way we use fullbacks. I don't think anyone can argue, really our offense fits him and fits him well."
This will be the fifth time Millard has played on Faurot Field — he played there four times in high school. Millard has gotten as many tickets as he could get his hands on for friends and family.
"It's my hometown," he said. "It's going to be exciting."
STEPHENSON, SOONER LINE HAVING A BANNER YEAR
Before the season, Stoops said he wanted to reserve judgment about Donald Stephenson until after he had played in a few of games. Now that he has, what does Stoops think of his starting left tackle?
"Donald has been very consistent, very good," Stoops said. "He's playing excellent, he really is. Everything we've been asking him to do. Pass blocking, run blocking, penalty free. Those kinds of things he's been real sharp."
Stephenson isn't the only Sooner lineman who's been sharp. The OU line, plagued last year by numerous penalties, hasn't committed a holding or illegal procedure penalty since Sept. 18 against Air Force.
"We don't want to jinx ourselves, but our guys are playing smart football," said offensive line coach James Patton. "We need to continue to do that."
TURNING SHORT PASSES INTO BIG GAMES
Running back DeMarco Murray (career TDs), wide receiver Ryan Broyles (single-game receptions) and quarterback Landry Jones (single-game completion percentage) all established school records in the win over Iowa State. Many of the plays they made versus the Cyclones came on short passes.
"We're not trying to be a dink-and-dunk or a sideways pass team," Wilson said. "But it's nice when those two guys have the ball in their hands because have to tackle them and they make guys miss.
"Ryan and DeMarco are our two guys. We're not trying to square peg it but in the progression (of reads) they're No. 1 and 2 a lot of times."
BLAKE BELL ALMOST CERTAIN TO REDSHIRT
Barring injury to either Jones or Drew Allen, it's certain freshman QB Blake Bell will redshirt. Bell has been alternating between the scout team and the backup offense during practice. But quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel has been cautioning that Bell must keep preparing as if he'll play, pointing to last season's rash of injuries as a reminder.
"In general our guys are focused on becoming the best they can be, focused on getting better every single day," Heupel said. "They understand their strengths and weaknesses and try to improve in those areas.
"He's a young guy trying to fit in. The most important thing you're focused on is when your opportunity is coming. You don't know when. You don't know why. But it is going to come so you better be prepared to make the most of it."
Landry Jones, on the Sooners first true road test: "Going into someone's house it's always going to be harder to communicate to your offensive line, it's gonna be a hostile environment. Turnovers are huge in those types of games, so we can't turn the ball over and we have to take care of it and I have to make the right decisions to get us into right situations."