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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 5 Dedrick Mills

Husker Camp Countdown: No. 5 Dedrick Mills

Dedrick Mills

Is Dedrick Mills poised to have a 1,000-yard season? Even with the shortened 10-game schedule?

The World-Herald is counting down the top 50 Nebraska football players you need to know heading into the 2020 season.

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Dedrick Mills

5-11, 220 • Senior • Running back 

The fifth-year senior who transferred from Garden City (Kan.) Community College last summer is likely in store for a sneaky good 2020 football season.

Mills now knows the nuances of NU’s zone-based spread run game — how to hit a hole, how to be patient and not run into the backs of his blockers. And behind one of the Big Ten’s most-seasoned lines, Mills has the chance at a 1,000-yard season, even over 10 games.

He runs angry, breaks tackles at the second level and has worked on his pass-catching skills. Teammates appreciate his toughness, too.

Given the lack of experience behind him — and the lack of spring practices to develop backups — it’s likely Mills gets a heavy load early in the 2020 season. Lots of carries against two defenses — Rutgers and Illinois — that can give up a lot of rushing yards. Mills will be one of the best running backs in the Big Ten if he stays healthy.

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