Posted: 9:27 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013
By Andrew P.
Former Arkansas QB/WR Brandon Mitchell is considering USF, per Joe Schad. Mitchell is on track to graduate this summer, and will use the graduate transfer exemption and be immediately eligible to play in 2013. Three other Arkansas players are also transferring.
Along with USF, Mitchell has listed NC State, UAB, Louisiana Tech (Hi Skip!), and Northwestern St. (La.), an FCS school.
In a word, Mitchell is a house. 6'4", 236 lbs. (Look at that photo! GUNS). In spot duty over the past three seasons, Mitchell has thrown 25-of-43 for 332 yards and two touchdowns. The versatile and athletic Mitchel played most of last season at WR, catching 17 passes for 272 yards and no touchdowns.
Most of Mitchell's time under center was in 2011, in Bobby Petrino's pro-style offense, so he might also be a good fit for USF, with Willie Taggart bringing in a more pro-style attack. However, former Arkansas assistant Garrick McGee is head coach at UAB, and Schad says the two have a a close relationship, so perhaps that tamps down USF's chances at landing Mitchell.
Last season, with Tyler Wilson entrenched at QB, Mitchell moved from QB to WR. After Bielema arrived in December, Mitchell moved back to QB, and played QB in Arkansas' spring game. However, Mitchell apparently had trouble with the new coach's offensive terminology, and lost out on the starting job at Arkansas after the spring game.
Mitchel also was suspended for four games in 2012 for a violation of team rules. Must've been a biggie because four games is a long punishment for a team rules violation.
This is the third immediate-eligible QB who has considered USF this spring. Ex-FSU backup Clint Trickett listed USF but ended up choosing West Virginia. Ex-Penn Stater Steven Bench is also interested in USF, but added NC State to his wish list today.
The concerning part of these potential transfers is that it seems like Willie Taggart isn't confident in the present situation at QB. Is Taggart so not sold on Matt Floyd or Bobby Eveld running his offense that he put out an APB for all immediate-eligible transfers QBs? Or does Taggart just want to bring in his own guy?