Even better, Mills was playing in front of about 60 family and friends. He is from Waycross, about 80 miles northeast of Jacksonville.
He finishes the season with 771 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns, the most rushing yards for a Tech freshman since Jimy Lincoln’s 913 in 1991. It ends an eventful season, one in which he was suspended twice for a total of three games and missed another with a concussion.
“I think he can be a very special player,” coach Paul Johnson said. “He’s a very talented young man. We’ve got to try to help him grow up. Sometimes, you know, at that age, when you’re 18, we all didn’t make great decisions. It’s our job to help him make the right decisions because he’s got a bright future if he’ll continue to work hard.”