With four returning starters on the offensive line, an even more productive season was forecast for Mills. One question mark, though, was Mills’ ability to stay on the field. Last season, Mills was suspended once for one game – the Sept. 10 Mercer game – and a second time for two games – the Virginia Tech and Virginia games in November. Both were violations of team rules. The specific reasoning has not been made public.
“It’s never been an issue of wanting to do it,” quarterbacks and B-backs coach Craig Candeto said in the first week of preseason camp. “It’s just growing up. You come in as a 17-, 18-year-old. If any of us are honest, we remember those days, and it just takes time to kind of catch up and start processing things. But he wants to be great, and I’m going to push him to be great.”