OU Football Notebook: Saturday's game will be a homecoming for Trey Millard

Oklahoma's freshman fullback Trey Millard grew up in Columbia, Mo., and might have gone to Missouri. But, said Bob Stoops, "I think our style of football fit Trey."
By JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: October 22, 2010 at 11:17 am •  Published: October 21, 2010

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."



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