Tulsa's Mills Selected in Fourth Round by the New England Patriots
April 30, 2006
New York, NY - University of Tulsa senior tight end Garrett Mills was the 106th selection the 2006 NFL Draft when the New England Patriots made him their fourth pick overall.
Mills was the ninth selection in the fourth round as the NFL Draft's second day began on Sunday.
The last Tulsa player drafted was quarterback James Kilian selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the seventh round of last year's NFL draft. Mills is the highest draft choice for Tulsa since receiver Chris Penn was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round as the 96th player chosen in the 1994 draft.
Mills was the nation's most prolific tight end in college football in 2005, as he led all tight ends in receiving and set an NCAA single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end with 87 receptions for 1,235 yards.
As a senior, Mills earned All-America honors as a first team selection by ESPN.com, SI.com and CBS SportsLine.com. He was named second-team All-America by the Walter Camp Foundation and earned third-team accolades by Associated Press.
Mills established a career-high against #18 Oklahoma in 2005 when he caught 13 passes for 152 yards. He tied that career-best with 152 yards and one TD on eight catches in Tulsa's win in the C-USA Football Championship Game against UCF. Mills was named the MVP of the Conference USA Championship Game.
Mills completed the season ranked fifth nationally in total receiving yards, 16th in receiving yards per game and 19th for receptions per game.
With a cumulative 3.91 grade point average in management, Mills was a recipient of the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Postgraduate Award and was one of 16 finalists for the 2005 Draddy Trophy. He was also selected as an ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-American.
In his career, Mills had 201 receptions for 2,389 yards and 23 touchdowns in 50 games. He became the only tight end in school history to surpass 2,000 career receiving yards and ranks sixth on Tulsa's career receiving yardage list. Mills was a three-time first-team all-conference selection.
#20 Garrett Mills TE The University of Tulsa 6-2 232 4 Letters Earned Tulsa, Okla.
Tulsa -- A three-year starter . . . played in all 50 games since coming to Tulsa . . . started 33 games in his career . . . had 201 receptions for 2,389 yards and 23 touchdowns in his career . . . the only tight end in school history to surpass 2,000 career receiving yards . . . ranks sixth on Tulsa's career receiving yardage list . . . a three-time first-team all-conference selection . . . caught a pass in 40 consecutive games, which was the longest current streak among the nation's tight ends when the 2005 season ended. . . had eight career 100+ receiving games . . . played in the Senior Bowl Game.
2005 -- Set an NCAA single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end . . . had 87 receptions for 1,235 yards . . . the previous record was 1,156 yards set by BYU's Chris Smith in 1990 . . . started all 13 games . . . had seven 100+ yard receiving games . . . ranked fourth on Tulsa's single-season receiving yardage chart . . . named first-team All-America by ESPN.com, SI.com and CBS SportsLine.com . . . was named second-team All-America by the Walter Camp Foundation . . . named a third-team All-American by Associated Press . . . was a recipient of the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Postgraduate Award . . . was one of 16 finalists for the 2005 Draddy Trophy . . . was selected as an ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-American . . . tied his career-best with 152 yards and one TD on eight catches in the C-USA Football Championship Game against UCF . . . was named the MVP of the Conference USA Championship Game . . . finished the season ranked fifth nationally in total receiving yards, 16th in receiving yards per game and 19th for receptions per game . . . also had a career day against #18 Oklahoma when he caught 13 passes for 152 yards . . . had 143 yards and one TD on eight catches, a 17.9 yard average per reception, against North Texas . . . had seven catches for 106 yards and two TDs, including the game-winner in overtime against Memphis . . . for his performance vs. Memphis was named the C-USA Offensive Player of the Week . . . hauled in eight passes for 115 yards and one TD at Southern Miss . . . had eight receptions for 136 yards and two TDs against SMU, including the game-winning 66-yard reception in the fourth quarter . . . caught nine passes for 127 yards and one TD against East Carolina . . . was named to the 2005 Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason Watch List . . . entered the 2005 season as the No. 7 ranked tight end in the country by The Sporting News.
2004 -- Played in all 12 games and started 11 contests . . . earned first-team all-WAC accolades . . . was the team leader in receiving with 51 receptions for 560 yards and two touchdowns . . . had a career-best 139 yards on eight receptions against Boise State . . . also caught 11 passes for 87 yards against Southwest Missouri State . . . named to the 2004 Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List, and was added to the John Mackey Award list during the season . . . earned all-WAC Academic honors.
2003 -- Played in all 13 games and started eight contests . . . was a first-team all-WAC performer . . . led the team in receptions with 53 for 456 yards and a team-leading 10 touchdown receptions . . . had a career-best seven receptions three times in 2003 . . . had a career-best three TD catches on four receptions vs. SMU . . . caught a touchdown pass in six different games . . . had seven receptions for 77 yards and one TD vs. Rice . . . also had seven catches for 57 yards and two touchdowns against Louisiana Tech . . . earned all-WAC Academic honors.
2002 -- Was one of just five true freshmen to earn a letter . . . played in all 12 games and started one contest . . . received his first career start against Louisiana Tech . . . had a season-best three catches for 44 yards and one touchdown against Boise State . . . had a season-long 36-yard reception against Hawaii . . . earned all-WAC Freshman Academic honors.
Overall -- An extremely talented tight end with a great work ethic . . .has a great desire to be the nation's top tight end . . . possesses great speed and hands . . . a good blocker . . . plays with great intensity . . . a playmaker . . . improved during the spring in the intricacies of route running . . . possesses great athleticism . . . has continued to get bigger and stronger.
High School -- Was a three-year letterwinner and starter at Jenks High School . . . started his sophomore, junior and senior seasons at tight end . . . was a starting linebacker as a senior . . . selected as the Tulsa World Player of the Year his senior season . . . was a member of teams that posted a three-year record of 40-1 and won three Class 6A state titles . . . caught 39 passes for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns his senior season . . . totaled 45 tackles and two interceptions as a senior linebacker . . . had career totals of 71 receptions for 1,711 yards and 12 touchdowns . . . was an all-state selection by the Daily Oklahoman and Tulsa World . . . earned all-state merits by the Oklahoma Coaches Association . . . was named the District Player of the Year as a senior . . . received first-team all-metro honors by the Tulsa World his senior season . . . was named to the Okscouting.com Oklahoma top-100 list . . . had 22 receptions for 503 yards and three TDs his junior season, and 200 yards on 10 catches as a sophomore . . . also lettered three years in basketball . . . high school coach was Allan Trimble.
Personal -- Both of his parents, Mike and Billie Mills, attended TU . .. his father and uncle, Kevin Harlan, played football at Tulsa . . . majoring in management . . . born Michael Garrett Mills on October 12, 1983.
Mills' Career Statistics Receiving G Rec Yds Avg TD Long 2002 (Fr) 12 10 138 13.8 2 36 2003 (So) 13 53 456 8.6 10 37 2004 (Jr) 12 51 560 11.0 2 56 2005 (Sr) 13 87 1235 14.2 9 66 Totals 50 201 2389 11.9 23 66
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