OU football: Trey Millard knows his NFL future might include special teams play

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.
by Jason Kersey Published: May 4, 2014
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photo - OU’s Trey Millard, center, runs past Kansas defenders during a game earlier this season. Millard will miss the remainder of his senior season after suffering a knee injury Saturday against Texas Tech.  Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
OU’s Trey Millard, center, runs past Kansas defenders during a game earlier this season. Millard will miss the remainder of his senior season after suffering a knee injury Saturday against Texas Tech. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

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.”

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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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