Millard Recovers Fumble in 89th East-West Shrine Game
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Former Cal Poly linebacker Johnny Millard recovered a fumble and nearly intercepted a pass in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game held at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The West squad fumbled on its second play from scrimmage and Millard, playing for the East squad, recovered the ball, setting up a 31-yard field goal by East kicker Zach Hocker of Arkansas less than two minutes into the game.
The East went on to win the 89th edition of the collegiate all-star game, 23-13. The NFL Network televised the contest.
Defensive statistics were not compiled for the game. Millard earned three tackles in the Medal of Honor Bowl last Saturday in Charleston, S.C. Millard was selected as one of the team captains for the National All-Stars in the 20-3 loss to the American All-Stars.
Millard was the fifth former Mustang football player selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game.
The others were Stan Sheriff in the 1954 contest at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, linebacker Jordan Beck in the 2005 game at AT&T Park in San Francisco, defensive end Chris Gocong in the 2006 game at the AlamoDome in San Antonio and linebacker Kyle Shotwell in the 2007 game at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
Millard, who obtained his bachelor's degree in business administration last month with a concentration in management, was one of three Cal Poly linebackers to record over 100 tackles this season. He notched seven tackles for lost yardage among his 108 total tackles and also earned three pass breakups, an interception and a trio of quarterback hurries.
In his four-year Mustang career (2010-13), Millard (6-3, 240) notched 300 tackles (150 solos, 150 assists), No. 6 all-time at Cal Poly. He led the Mustangs in tackles as a sophomore with 82 and collected 72 tackles in his junior season. Millard's career totals include 24.5 tackles for lost yardage and 5.5 sacks.
His three career interceptions include one returned 24 yards for a touchdown against McNeese State in 2010, his freshman season.
The Foothill High School (Pleasanton) graduate was named to the All-Big Sky Conference second team in November.
Millard will return to San Luis Obispo later this month to train with some of his Mustang teammates under the guidance of Cal Poly strength and conditioning coach Chris Holder in preparation for a future NFL Pro Day.
Photo of Johnny Millard (41) courtesy of Associated Press