Rock Bridge High School graduate Trey Millard, who now starts at fullback at Oklahoma as a true freshman, made his return to Faurot Field on Saturday. (Photo by Ross Taylor)
The birthplace of homecoming completed its 99th celebration on Saturday, but it wasn’t just Mizzou alums returning to Columbia for the weekend. The Missouri/Oklahoma tilt provided the return of Oklahoma freshman fullback Trey Millard, who played his high school a short drive from Faurot Field down Providence Road at Rock Bridge High School in Columbia.
To say the least, the reception wasn’t exactly warm.
One of the larger signs at Saturday morning’s taping of ESPN’s College GameDay simply read “Trey-tor,” so any questions about Missouri fans’ reception to Millard, a Rivals.com four-star recruit, leaving the city and state were answered rather quickly. During his recruitment, Missouri initially pursued Millard as a linebacker and/or a tight end, but were upfront in making it clear the Tigers had almost no intention to establish a true H-back. Millard instead opted to go to Oklahoma, whose style of play better fits his skill set.
And though Tiger fans had the last laugh when the clock read 0:00, Millard more than acquitted himself with his performance. His fourth quarter goal line plunge kept capped off the drive started by Mossis Madu’s kickoff return, but it was his 25-yard reception return that made me a believer in his versatility. Millard took a pass in the flats and was able to beat Zaviar Gooden — who is rumored to have clocked in the high-4.3 range in the 40 — to the sideline.
Prior to the game, A.J. Ofodile, Millard’s high school coach, told the Columbia Tribune’s David Briggs that he hoped Millard would have “a great game in a losing effort.” Ofodile got his wish Saturday night.