The Moore American

Sports

July 31, 2013

Millard looks to get more involved in Sooner offense

MOORE — A reporter pointed out to Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops Tuesday that replacing wide receivers Kenny Stills and Justin Brown leaves available 155 receptions from last season’s offense.

Stoops turned to his right, looked at fullback Trey Millard and informed him of the offense’s new direction.

“Trey, you’re getting 150 more plays next year,” Stoops joked. “You’re getting all those balls that Kenny and Justin caught.”

Obviously, the 259-pound Millard isn’t going to lineup at wide receiver and the 150-catch statement was in jest. But getting the senior more involved as a true skill player is an offensive goal this season.

Millard is simply too good with the ball in his hands to be a simple battering ram. He averaged 6.0 yards per carry and 11.2 yards per reception last season.

He doesn’t expect to be the focal point of the Sooners’ offense this season. But he does expect to display more of his skills.

“There may be more chances to touch the football,” he said.

The chances should be there because Millard has expanded his skills every season. First out of the backfield. Last season he showed he can play tight end.

The offseason was spent trying to become a reliable tight end for his senior season. Oddly enough, it was pass catching that was his focus.

“You never think you are good enough and always focus on them, especially as tight end with the hand down,” he said. “It’s definitely a different blocking style and technique than blocking in the backfield. It’s been a focus in the offseason for me — working on blocking. More end-line and hand down.”

The effort is to become an every-down player, which OU can use in any formation or personnel package.

OU fans have been asking for three years why Millard doesn’t get the ball more. It’s a good question, because he seems to produce an ample amount of big plays.

Text Only
Sports
  • Castiglione takes over chairman

    Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione has been named chairman of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee for the 2015-16 academic year.

    July 23, 2014

  • Sooners top preseason poll

    Oklahoma will start the season as the overwhelming favorite to win the Big 12 Conference.

    July 23, 2014

  • Major storylines heading into new season

    The Big 12 Conference Media Days took place Monday and Tuesday at the Dallas Omni Hotel. The two day event elicited far more questi

    July 23, 2014

  • Working to get back

    The high school fast pitch season is set to kick-off in the next few weeks. While all three area teams head into the year with designs on winning the state title, Moore may have the most motivation.

    July 22, 2014

  • Taking it easy Most Big 12 squads won’t shy from tough schedules

    DALLAS — Never have the words “Final Four” been used so often at a football media gathering. Monday at Big 12 Football Media Days,

    July 22, 2014

  • OU standout has a busy offseason on the diamond

    When Oklahoma graduate Destinee Martinez was named to the Team USA softball roster for the second consecutive year earlier this summer, Sooner fans were given a way to follow one of their favorite players even after her graduation.

    July 22, 2014

  • Thunder moving 66ers South into Oklahoma City

    The last five years, the Oklahoma City Thunder have had an unsung hero in their rise to the top of the NBA. Along with the talents

    July 22, 2014

  • bootcamp Westmoore girls putting in work at bootcamp

    Westmoore girls basktball coach Andrea Guziec is known for her intensity. She is constantly pushing and prodding her players to play at their best.

    July 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • soonersuni.jpg Sooners unveil new uniforms

    July 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Stark takes over at Southmoore

    For the second time in the school’s history, Southmoore didn’t have to look far to find a new football coach. The Moore Board of Education approved the hiring of Jeremy Stark to take over the program Monday during a special board meeting at Moore High.

    July 1, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide