NORMAN — Trey Millard knows that if he’s going to make an NFL roster this fall, he’ll probably have to play special teams.
And that’s just fine by Millard — even considering the way his collegiate career ended.
“I definitely took a lot of pride in playing them at OU,” Millard said.
The fullback was arguably Oklahoma’s best, most valuable player over the past four seasons. His blocking ability was second-to-none; he could also catch passes out of the backfield, carry the ball and even play tight end.
Early in the fourth quarter of the Sooners’ late-October, 38-30 home victory over Texas Tech, Millard suffered a torn ACL while playing on the kickoff coverage team.
That hasn't made him at all skittish about playing special teams?
“No, not at all,” Millard said. “You've gotta go out and make plays for your team.”
Millard, ranked as the No. 1 fullback prospect by ESPN.com, hopes to hear his named called during the NFL Draft, which begins Thursday. He recently spoke with The Oklahoman about his impressions of new OU fullback Dimitri Flowers and what he hopes to bring to an NFL team.
Q: What are your initial impressions of Dimitri Flowers?
A: “I haven’t gotten to see a whole, whole lot of him, but the practices I have been at, and the spring game and stuff, he’s made some good plays and made some good blocks. He’s pretty developed for what you’d expect of a high school guy. He seems like he’s got a good head on his shoulders, and he should have a bright future.”
He said you guys have watched film together. Have you been impressed with his grasp on the game from a mental standpoint?
“He’s eager to learn; I think that’s one of the most important things for a young guy coming in. He doesn't have a big head or anything like that. He knows that college football is a different animal than high school, and he’s ready to learn and become a better football player.”
Your versatility was obviously something that made you extremely valuable at OU. Is that something NFL scouts have told you they are impressed by as well?
“That’s been my number one quality. When you have a 53-man roster, you need guys who can do multiple things. That’s something that I bring to the table, as well as being a special teams guy.”