Sooners have a ‘Boomer' in 255-pound fullback Trey Millard

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: August 18, 2011

NORMAN — Trey Millard's primary role is a human battering ram that opens holes for running backs.

Millard gets an occasional carry, more than any fullback in the Bob Stoops era. He's also a 255-pound “receiver” with deceptive speed.

This season, his role will expand. Millard on occasion will line up as an H-back, which could exploit defenses that can't substitute against Oklahoma's hurry-up offense.

While he has a thankless job that coaches and teammates appreciate more than the casual fan, Millard welcomes being more diverse, even if it's just a few plays a game.

"I want to try to play (fullback) at the next level," Millard said. "It helps my professional stock to be able to play a hybrid role. The more tools you have in your shed, the more you're worth."

NFL general managers will have to wait at least two more seasons before they can draft Millard, the prototype fullback.

Nicknamed “the Load,” Millard plays like a seasoned veteran. But he's is only a sophomore.

OU coaches marveled how quickly Millard adapted a few months after his high school graduation. In his very first game he delivered a seal block on the edge to spring DeMarco Murray for a 63-yard touchdown run.

It was textbook perimeter blocking.

"Last year, he walked around like he was 28 years old," Stoops said. "He walked out there for his first game, a tough grunt position, and played it wonderfully."

The only setback for Millard so far was he played through a shoulder injury, a torn labrum. He underwent surgery in January. He sat out spring drills. During two-a-days, he's back to delivering smashing hits that rattle the toughest linebackers.

"I really like my role here," Millard said. "I came here to be a fullback in the true sense."

Millard, though, gets an occasional carry.

At media day two weeks ago, former OU fullback J.D. Runnels was working for WWLS. In a radio interview with Millard, Runnels asked him how many carries he had his first season.