Nebraska Football: Dedrick Mills is beginning to find his groove

CHAMPAIGN, IL - SEPTEMBER 21: Dedrick Mills #26 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers is hoisted in the air by Matt Farniok #71 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers as they celebrate a touchdown against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the second half at Memorial Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
CHAMPAIGN, IL - SEPTEMBER 21: Dedrick Mills #26 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers is hoisted in the air by Matt Farniok #71 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers as they celebrate a touchdown against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the second half at Memorial Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /
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Mills is finding his groove at the perfect time for Nebraska Football.

It’s taken a couple games, but Nebraska Football running back Dedrick Mills is beginning to find his groove. He had 12 carries for 45 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday against Illinois. It certainly was great to see him reach the end zone a couple of times.

For the season, he has rushed the football 46 times for 229 yards and five touchdowns. Perhaps the most impressive number out of all of that is his yards per carry. He has averaged five yards per carry, and has certainly made the most of his rushes considering the offensive line has struggled at times this season.

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The thing that is most impressive with Mills is the fact that he just keeps his legs moving. He seems like more of a power back. He complements Maurice Washington really well. Washington is more of a speed back while Mills tends to be more of a back that can run you over. Whatever the case may be, Mills is getting it done.

We saw him really breakout against Northern Illinois a couple weeks ago. He rushed the ball 11 times for 116 yards, averaging 10.5 yards a carry. A 61-yard dash was his longest of the afternoon. With a touchdown to boot, he really had a complete game. As he told the media on Tuesday, he is starting to feel a bit more comfortable with the offense. It is really beginning to show, and his growth over the past couple of weeks has been impressive.

"“I have a feel for the offense now — a whole lot more,” he said. “I’m starting to run the ball and see things a lot more clearly. You can tell that by the yards I’m getting.”"

Hopefully, he can continue this upward swing. Ohio State is very stingy with their run defense. They only allow 60.3 rushing yards per contest. That is certainly not a defense that you can run on easily.

Mills will undoubtedly face a challenge on Saturday. The entire offense will be challenged, and Mills will undoubtedly be a big part of that. I would definitely make the ground game a focus point as you usually have a lesser chance at turnovers via the ground. Mills just needs to continue running hard, and playing his game. He is coming into a groove at exactly the right time, and it would be great if he could help carry this Nebraska football offense through the grueling gauntlet that is conference play.