LINCOLN — A junior college running back who’s verbally committed to Nebraska had a court appearance in his home state of Georgia during the December early signing period, records show.
Dedrick Mills, who just left Garden City (Kan.) Community College, was arrested Dec. 14 for failure to appear in Ware County Court for July 2018 traffic citations, including speeding and driving with a suspended license.
He received probation Dec. 19, though neither the Ware County Clerk’s Office nor the probation office had put into computer records Mills’ plea or any other stipulation of his sentence. A Ware County courthouse office clerk said the recency of the charge and the Christmas holiday have delayed input of such records.
News of Mills’ arrest spread first Saturday on social media and message boards. A clerk Monday said she was already “very familiar” with the charges because of media requests.
Mills, who rushed for 1,358 yards this season at Garden City, has not responded to numerous requests for comment in recent weeks. Nebraska can’t publicly comment on players who haven’t signed with the program, though NU officials did appear to think Mills was signing in December. He did not. Should he want to participate in Nebraska’s spring practice, he’ll have to sign by Jan. 14 — the last day NU students can add classes to their schedules.
As a freshman at Georgia Tech in 2016, Mills rushed for 771 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was then kicked off the team just before his sophomore season after testing positive three times, over 20 months, for marijuana. He went to Garden City, where, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution story, he broke his collarbone and passed just three of six classes in his first semester.
Mills, an elusive interview, committed to NU in large part because former Garden City coach Jeff Sims — who’s now taken a job at Missouri Southern — had close ties with current Husker outside linebackers coach Jovan Dewitt.
Both of them worked at Florida Atlantic for former Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini, who, in developing close ties with Sims, recruited to Nebraska Lavonte David, Jermarcus Hardrick, Brandon Kinnie and Stanley Jean-Baptiste from Sims’ former school in Fort Scott, Kansas.
11 former Huskers reach NFL playoffs with chance to extend Nebraska’s 25-year Super Bowl streak
There has been a former Husker on a Super Bowl roster every year since 1993.
That’s the longest streak of any college program in the country, and there are several players in the NFL playoffs this year who can extend it. Here’s a look at the former Huskers who appear on rosters of playoff teams, including those on the active roster, practice squad or injured reserve.
Ndamukong Suh, Los Angeles Rams: In his first season with the Rams after signing a one-year deal worth $14 million, Suh has started all 16 games and has 57 tackles, including 4.5 sacks.
Prince Amukamara, Chicago Bears: He didn’t have an interception in either of the last two seasons, but he’s had three this year for the NFC North champs. He’s started 15 games this season at cornerback, has also forced two fumbles and has 71 tackles.
Maliek Collins, Dallas Cowboys: Collins started each of the Cowboys’ last nine games. He has 19 tackles and 3 sacks this season.
Randy Gregory, Dallas Cowboys: After being suspended for nearly all of the last two seasons, Gregory made his comeback to the NFL this year and played in 14 games as a backup pass rusher. He has 25 tackles and 6 sacks.
Brett Maher, Dallas Cowboys: The 29-year-old rookie has made 29 of 36 field goals this season and 32 of 33 extra points. He’s 6 for 7 from 50-plus yards, including a 62-yarder he hit earlier this month.
Nathan Gerry, Philadelphia Eagles: Gerry won a Super Bowl during his rookie season, and he’ll try to win another. The backup linebacker and special teamer has 23 tackles this season.
Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots: He missed eight games after suffering a neck injury in Week 3 but returned to play in the final five. He had 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving with one touchdown catch during that span.
Sam Koch, Baltimore Ravens: He’s in his 13th NFL season, all with Baltimore. He’s averaging 47.4 yards per punt this year.
Alex Lewis, Baltimore Ravens: Lewis started 10 games this season at left guard but missed the Ravens’ final four while battling a shoulder injury.
Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Baltimore Ravens: He’s only played in one NFL game since 2014, but Jean-Baptiste was poised to make the Ravens’ active roster before being placed on injured reserve in the preseason with a broken arm.
Matt Slauson, Indianapolis Colts: He started the first five games of the season but ended up on injured reserve after breaking two vertebrae in his spine.
Note: There are no former Huskers on the New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans or Los Angeles Chargers.