Georgia Tech dismisses leading rusher Derrick Mills

Before his dismissal, Dedrick Mills was second only to Miami's Mark Walton among the ACC's returning rushers.

With just over two weeks until the season opener, Georgia Tech delivered stunning news as B-back Derrick Mills was dismissed Friday for a violation of team rules.

Mills, a first-team all-ACC preseason pick, led the Yellow Jackets in rushing last year as a true freshman with 771 yards and 12 touchdowns on 152 carries. Only Miami’s Mark Walton with 1,117 yards had more yards than Mills among ACC players.

Mills punctuated his first-year effort with a career-high 169 yards and a TD in the TaxSlayer Bowl win over Kentucky, earning MVP honors.

With Mills gone, junior Clinton Lynch (415 yards and two TDs) stands as Georgia Tech’s top returning rusher. Marcus Marshall, who was second to Mills in 2016 with 624 yards and four scores, has since transferred to FCS’ James Madison.

The Yellow Jackets will face No. 24 Tennessee on Monday, Sept. 4 at Mercedes Benz-Stadium in Atlanta.