It was two years ago that Ryan Broyles and Travis Lewis chose to return to the Oklahoma Sooners for their senior season to try to win the national title. Broyles season ended with a torn ACL and Lewis suffered through an injured foot the entire season. This season, Trey Millard chose to return as well, despite the earlier examples of how it could go wrong, and according to NewsOK.com on Dec. 20, Millard doesn't regret it.
That is an interesting prospect because Millard followed in Broyles' footsteps and ended up tearing his ACL and ending his season - and college career - early. Unlike Broyles, who graduated as the NCAA's leading career receiver and was drafted early by the Detroit Lions, Millard might have lost out on getting drafted at all.
To explain this fear, last year Millard was not the only person who contemplated returning. Wide receiver Kenny Stills saw what happened to Broyles and chose to come out early. He has since become a key part of the New Orleans Saints offense. However, he said it was different with Millard because fullbacks don't get drafted often.
With the Lions taking a chance on Broyles, it gave him a chance to prove himself. When healthy, he plays well, but he has ended both his first two seasons with injuries proving the torn ACL he suffered with the Oklahoma Sooners might have made him injury prone.
Since fullbacks don't get drafted often in the NFL, did returning and tearing his ACL eliminate Millard's chances of getting drafted at all? It doesn't seem to bother him.
“No regrets at all,” Millard said. “I knew when I came back that this was a possibility. I think before the injury, I grew even more as a football player and as a leader of the team. I loved that I came back and played with my guys.”
If an NFL team takes the chance on Millard, they will get a hard working and strong player, someone who is a perfect teammate. However, by returning and proving his dedication to the team, he may find an NFL career an uphill battle.