Before Nebraska (Ware County HS/Georgia Tech/Garden City CC)
Dedrick Mills had experience at the FBS level as a freshman at Georgia Tech and in the junior college ranks at Garden City Community College before arriving at Nebraska.
In 2018 at Garden City, Mills rushed for 1,358 yards and 19 touchdowns in 10 games. He produced six 100-yard rushing efforts and had at least 240 rushing yards in three games, helping Garden City to a 10-1 record and a No. 2 national ranking. Mills ranked fourth in the National Junior College Athletic Association in rushing yards and rushing yards per game (135.8), and he led the NJCAA with his 19 rushing touchdowns. For his efforts, Mills was named an honorable-mention junior college All-American. Mills was limited by injuries in his first season at Garden City in 2017, carrying the ball just seven times for 59 yards.
Prior to Garden City, Mills spent his freshman season at Georgia Tech in 2016. Mills played in nine games with the Yellow Jackets and was the team’s leading rusher with 771 yards and 85.7 yards per game. He scored 12 touchdowns and averaged 5.1 yards per carry.
Mills played his high school ball for Ware County High School in Georgia, where he started every game of his career. Mills rushed for 1,211 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior in 2015, when he earned all-state recognition as a linebacker after totaling 96 tackles and 11 tackles for loss. Mills rushed for 584 yards en route to being a second-team all-region selection as a junior.
The top-rated junior college running back in the 247Sports Composite rankings, Mills was also ranked as the No. 12 overall junior college prospect in the country by Rivals. He only visited Nebraska, but also had offers from Arkansas State and Memphis.