- Brandon Chatmon, ESPN Staff Writer
During the summer months, SoonerNation will take a closer look at each scholarship player on Oklahoma’s roster in our Crimson Countdown series. We'll analyze each player’s impact on the program since they arrived on campus, their potential impact this fall and their long-term impact in the daily series. Starting with No. 1 Tony Jefferson, the series will go in numerical order until our final analysis of No. 98 Chuka Ndulue.
No. 33 Trey Millard
Fullback, 6-foot-2, 249 pounds
Impact so far: Millard is one of those special players who makes an immediate impact and continues to grow as a player throughout his career. The junior has been Oklahoma's starting fullback during his first two seasons, starting 5 of 27 career games. He has 48 carries for 243 yards and five touchdowns along with 29 receptions for 262 yards and two touchdowns.
As a true freshman in 2010, Millard seized the starting fullback job and earned All-Big 12 second team honors. The Sooners, as a spread offense, rarely start the game with a fullback on the field. Thus, Millard only started 2 of 14 games but he finished with 24 carries and 74 yards and three touchdowns. He added nine tackles on special teams. He paved the way as DeMarco Murray rushed for 1,224 yards in 2010.
As a sophomore, Millard continued to make a huge impact without putting up big numbers. The ball carrier wasn’t consistent but Millard’s blocking was as OU rushed for 2,118 yards (4.52 avg) and 30 touchdowns in 13 games. He started 3 of 13 games and finished with 24 carries for 169 yards and two touchdowns along with 13 receptions for 127 yards and one touchdown. He added a team-high 14 special-teams tackles.
Millard has excelled at everything he’s been asked to do and could handle even more if needed.
Impact in 2012: Millard should see his role expand this season. He has shown tremendous versatility, intelligence and physicality during his first two seasons and the Sooners need to take advantage of his skills this season.
Impact in 2013 and beyond: Millard should reach his goal of playing in the NFL, it’s just a matter of when. If he returns for his senior season, Millard will continue to be one of the most valuable players on the roster. His blocking allows OU’s running game to succeed, his versatility opens up options for the coaching staff and his intelligence and physicality makes him the best special team player on the squad.
During the summer months, SoonerNation will take a closer look at each scholarship player on Oklahoma’s roster in our Crimson Countdown series. We'll analyze each player’s impact on the program since they arrived on campus, their potential impact this fall and their long-term impact in the daily series.