Oklahoma Loses 'Heart And Soul' In Big Win
Just as Oklahoma reminded the country they're still alive for a Big 12 title and a BCS bowl, the Sooners lost a key member of its offense to a torn ACL.
Senior fullback Trey Millard suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of a 38-30 victory against unbeaten Texas Tech just two plays after setting up a touchdown by hurdling a defender.
"The whole team's just crushed by it," coach Bob Stoops told reporters. "You hate it. He's so much a strong, strong part of our football team, so it'll be tough to overcome that loss."
Millard, ranked No. 1 among fullbacks by Mel Kiper Jr., is expected to get a look in the NFL. Listed at 6-foot-2, 253 pounds, Millard lined up at fullback, running back, tight end or slot receiver, allowing Oklahoma to switch formations and plays without substituting.
The fullback never rushed for more than 200 yards in a season, though he did average 6.0 yards per carry last year and caught 41 passes for more than 400 yards and five touchdowns since the beginning of 2012.
He's best known for a highlight play in a blowout win against Texas last season, leaping over one defender while simultaneously stiff-arming another on a 73-yard reception.
"He's the heart and soul of this team and he's definitely one of the leaders. We're going to miss him a lot," center Gabe Ikard told reporters. "My heart's broken for him."
Millard, who also tore an unspecified ligament in the same knee, will have surgery in the next few weeks, according to The Oklahoman, and will begin rehabbing to prepare for April's NFL draft.