"I think I shock people other than myself," he said. "Some people probably don't think I have that in me. I have confidence and I know what I can do."
A popular conversation around Oklahoma in the offseason wondered what Millard could do with a steady amount of touches every game. Not even he could avoid it.
"I think there's an opportunity, hopefully, in the offense and some of the new things we're doing in the running game to get more touches, but if I don't, my role is just as valuable to the team blocking and doing other things like that," he said. "It's about more than just getting the ball. It's about making sure something good happens when someone else has the ball."
He does that at fullback and at tight end, but his ability knows no boundaries.
"If he could snap the ball," Ikard said, "he could play center."
Offered a scholarship by some schools looking for a linebacker or a tight end, Millard picked the Sooners and fullback because he wanted to play offense and knew he wouldn't be tall enough to play tight end in the NFL.
He's also found that Oklahoma was a good fit, oddly enough, because of its offense.
The college game is getting smaller and there's an extra emphasis on adding tall, lean and fast receivers outside and quick and compact receivers inside. Players are supposed to excel in space and there isn't much room on the field for the larger and slower fullbacks and tight ends.
So good is Millard, though, that he has a spot on the field in a spread offense that features many of the game's modern amenities, but finds a way to turn Millard looks on opponents.
"It is flattering because some people say I play like an old school guy, a physical guy who grinds it out, but is also able to make plays," he said.
"You have to take pride in that. You have to take pride in being able to do anything and make yourself valuable enough that you have to be out on the field."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.