IRVING, Texas — Trey Millard likes everything about being Oklahoma’s fullback. He’ll gleefully collide with any linebacker in college football. Need a tough yard? Millard will gladly lower his shoulder and get it. When a tough catch and run is required, he’s consistently been up the task.
But is it enough to keep Millard at OU for one more season?
“I haven’t really made my decision on that yet,” he said on Monday as the Sooners prepared to meet Texas A&M on Friday in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
Millard’s case is a very unique case where yards and touchdowns don’t come close to measuring a player’s value. OU’s coaching staff started professing their admiration for him three years ago. First, as a true fullback, and this year he might have been OU’s most dynamic player. He’s played at three positions this season — running back, fullback and tight end — and excelled at all three.
“He’s the most versatile player we’ve ever had here,” offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. “Jermaine Gresham could play in-line tight end and out in space as a wide receiver. Brody Eldridge could play in-line tight end and fullback. Trey can play running back, he can play fullback and he can play in-line tight end. It’s not who he is, but he can do it and do it pretty well. He’s the first guy I’ve been around who can play three different positions like that.”
For as many options as Millard supplies, the raw offensive numbers don’t seem to add up. He’ll enter Friday’s game with 29 carries, 29 receptions and four touchdowns (all through the air). Cut it any way you want, but it means Millard averaged less than five touches per game this season, despite averaging 8.6 yards every time he touched the ball.