Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Sooners' top 10 hidden gems: No. 3
By Brandon Chatmon
The spring evaluation period is upon us.
Oklahoma has made a living out of evaluating and developing well, helping the Sooners go 51-15 during their past five seasons including four straight seasons with double-digit wins. During Bob Stoops' tenure the Sooners have been able to consistently compete for championships thanks in part to their ability to land hidden gems like Aaron Colvin and Dominique Alexander. This week we’re counting down the top five, continuing with No. 3.
Oklahoma's Trey Millard was a fan favorite and special teams demon during his career.
What we said: “While not elite in one particular area he is very well-rounded, deceptively athletic for his size and feel he may currently be floating under the radar. We would not be surprised if a program looking for an athletic H-back with good hands, strength after the catch and solid blocking skills recruits him on offense.” - ESPN recruiting analyst
Other reported offers: Stanford, Tennessee, Missouri and South Carolina
Career production: Millard started just 18 of 48 career games for the Sooners, but he essentially was a four-year starter who helped cement the role of a fullback in the offense and was a special teams monster. His impact is hard to quantify in numbers, but he finished with 98 career carries for 538 yards (5.5 avg) and 70 receptions for 677 yards. ... In 2010, he started two of 14 games and carved an immediate role in the offense and on special teams as a freshman. ... In 2011, Millard earned first team All-Big 12 honors for the first time and gave everyone a glimpse at his versatility with a 61-yard touchdown run at Kansas State. ... In 2012, he posted career highs in rushing, receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns while earning first team All-Big 12 honors. ... In 2013, Millard earned first team All-Big 12 honors for the third time despite having his season cut short by an ACL injury which forced him to miss OU’s final five games.
Why Millard is No.3: OU recognized he could be a difference maker on offense while other schools pursued him to play defense. Millard repaid the Sooners by becoming a force on offense and special teams as soon as he stepped on campus. He was consistently OU’s best special teams player during his time in crimson and cream. It’s extremely difficult to find players who can impact games in as many different ways as Millard.
Millard wasn't a headliner in recruiting circles when he signed as a member of the Class of 2010, but he leaves Norman, Okla., as a three-time first team All-Big 12 performer. He joined Tony Jefferson, Corey Nelson, Blake Bell and Kenny Stills in the Class of 2010 and ended up being one of the stars of one of OU’s best recruiting classes in recent memory.