It looked like Nebraska might be a little bare in the backfield heading into the 2019 season earlier this year. Even with incoming four-star all-purpose back Wandale Robinson, the Huskers were limited on the number of running back bodies.
Fortunately for Scott Frost and the Huskers, former Georgia Tech and junior college running back Dedrick Mills decided to continue his career in Lincoln. Though his arrival was a bit delayed because of a grade point average issue, Mills has arrived on campus and is expected to be an immediate contributor to the offense.
Even though coaches haven’t seen Mills on the practice field at Nebraska, they love what they’ve seen from his junior college days.
“They were blown away by his competitiveness, and his drive and his grit,” Frost told 247Sports earlier in the week. “I need more guys that are willing to go to battle like that, and I think he’s going to have that spirit.”
Mills had an extremely productive year at the junior college level, amassing 1,358 yards and scoring 19 touchdowns last season for Garden City Community College. Before attending Garden City, Mills was the leading rusher at Georgia Tech as a true freshman, totaling 771 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Frost likes Mills’ toughness and the physical style he brings to Lincoln. He is also a fan of the size he brings to the field.
“I think he’s going to give us a bigger back,” Frost said. “We’re going to be built on speed and want skill players that can really run. He’s a guy that’s bigger in stature and is going to be able to get us some tough yards. He’s got a background from an option school back in the day so he’s done some other things that we might be able to utilize as well.”
Nebraska’s rushing attack ranked fourth in the B1G last season, averaging 209 yards per game. The Huskers lose leading rusher Devine Ozigbo, who totaled 1,082 yards and 12 touchdowns.