Georgia Tech dismisses running back Dedrick Mills

In surprising fashion, the Georgia Tech football program dismissed top rusher Dedrick Mills on Friday for violating athletic-department rules according to Ken Sugiura of the AJC.com.

Mills led the Yellow Jackets in rushing last year with 771 yards as a freshman. He averaged 5.1 yards per carry and scored 12 rushing touchdowns as well.

The sophomore had been in trouble before, receiving two separate suspension to miss a total of three games last year. But coach Paul Johnson never reportedly indicated Mills was in danger of his spot on the team.

Without Mills, Georgia Tech will now likely turn towards redshirt sophomore KirVonte Benson to potentially be a starter. The Yellow Jackets could also ask for more carries from veteran backs Clinton Lynch and J.J. Green.

Of that group, Lynch has the most experience having appeared in 25 college games. He rushed for 415 yards on just 37 attempts last fall.

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