Georgia Tech Football: Mills named to Doak Walker watch list

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 15: Dedrick Mills
ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 15: Dedrick Mills /

Georgia Tech rising sophomore Dedrick Mills added another accolade to his list on Thursday.

The accolades continue to come for rising sophomore Dedrick Mills. The star b-back for the Yellow Jackets offense has been racking up accolades over the past week as much as anyone in the nation. For Mills, it’s part of the journey for him of going national, after having a breakout year in his true freshman season.

Last season, Mills rushed for 771-yards and 12 touchdowns on 153-carries and lead the Yellow Jackets to a TaxSlayer Bowl victory over Kentucky. For Mills, it was just the beginning of what appears to be him breaking onto the national stage as one of the best running backs in the country.

Earlier this week, he was named to the Maxwell Award watch list, the award given annually to the best player in college football by the Maxwell Club based out of Philadelphia. Yesterday, he was voted on by ACC media members as a member of the All-ACC preaseason first team.

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With all his accolades, there is one thing for sure; all eyes will be on Mills as the 2017 season draws near. With a first-year starting quarterback in 2017, the Jackets offense will be centered around Mills most likely especially early on in the season.

Mills will have the chance in 2017 and 2018 to become one of the best running backs in the Paul Johnson era at Georgia Tech and perhaps one of the best in Tech history. The first goal for Mills will be to break the 1,000-yard mark, something a running back has failed to do since 2010.

One thing is for certain, Mills has grabbed the attention of the media, and award committees so far this summer. Now, he must live up to the lofty expectations and catch the eyes of the nation.