According to Andrea Adelson of ESPN, Georgia Tech head football coach Paul Johnson announced Wednesday that running backs Dedrick Mills and KirVonte Benson have been suspended for violations of team rules.
As a result of their suspensions, they will miss the Yellow Jackets’ game this Saturday at home against Mercer.
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The loss of Mills will particularly sting, as he started in Georgia Tech’s game against Boston College this past Saturday in Ireland and rushed for 68 yards on 18 carries. He also scored the winning touchdown on a 4-yard run with 35 seconds left.
The 5’10”, 217-pound true freshman from Waycross, Georgia was a three-star recruit according to 247Sports. He became the first true freshman to start at running back in Georgia Tech history.
Meanwhile, Benson did not appear in the Yellow Jackets’ game against Boston College.
Benson, a 5’9”, 206-pound back from Marietta, Georgia is another freshman back on Johnson’s roster. However, he was not expected to receive a lot of snaps in the Yellow Jackets’ offense.
Look for Johnson to now rely on sophomore running back Marcus Marshall for more of the rushing load in Saturday’s game.
Marshall, a 5’10”, 212-pound back from Raleigh, North Carolina rushed for 31 yards on nine carries in the game against Boston College. For his career, Marshall has rushed for 685 yards and four touchdowns on 95 attempts.
Junior J.J. Green, sophomore Clinton Lynch and sophomore Qua Searcy could also receive a good chunk of the carries come Saturday.
If Mills and Benson’s suspensions last just one week, they would be eligible to return for Georgia Tech’s game against Vanderbilt on September 17.