2002 (through regular season): His 218 career solo tackles rank eighth all-time at Tulane. Fourth on the team in tackles in 2002 with 65 and in passes broken up with six. Lower tackle numbers from previous years can be attributed to position change from free to strong safety as well as improved play by TU front seven. Started each of the last nine games of the season. Made a season high nine tackles with one tackle for loss against the option of Navy (10/26). Had four or more tackles in 10 of 12 games this year. Led the team in tackles in the UAB game (10/19) with eight, including a season high six solo. Broke up a pair of passes and compiled four tackles in the UL-Monroe game (10/5). Four of his five stops at Memphis (9/21) were solos. Had six stops in both the TCU (11/9) and Army (11/16) games. Also broke up passes in the Houston (9/7), Memphis and Southern Miss (11/23) games.
2001: Named the Green Wave Defensive MVP and earned All-Louisiana second team honors. One of eight players to start all 12 games. Led the Green Wave and ranked fourth in C-USA with 138 stops, the highest total for a Green Wave defender in 17 seasons, since Burnell Dent tallied 139 in 1984. His 97 solo stops also led Tulane, and are ninth all-time, the most by a Tulane player since 1983. Ranked second on the team in pass break ups with 10 and made five tackles for loss. Paced TU in tackles in seven games. Posted eight double-figure tackle days, including the last five games. Recorded a season-high 17 stops at Navy (11/10) with eight solos and nine assists to earn LSWA Defensive Player of the Week honors. Versus Louisville (11/3), credited with 11 tackles, nine solo, and added his first quarterback sack of the season, broke up a pass and forced a fumble. Registered 16 tackles at Army (10/27), including a season-high 13 solo. Picked off passes in the UCF (9/22) and TCU (10/13) games. Recovered and caused two fumbles, including one of each versus Southern (9/29) when he shared team Defensive Player of the Week honors. Interfered with three passes versus UCF (9/22). Made 14 tackles, 10 solo, at LSU (9/1) to earn team honors as top defensive player. Tallied 13 stops, eight solo, at Cincinnati (10/6). Also defended a pass and recovered a fumble. Opened the year with 12 tackles, nine solo, and a tackle for loss at BYU (8/25).
2000: Played in all 11 games and started the final five games of the year at free safety. Second on the Green Wave squad in tackles with 89 (16th in C-USA). His 67 solo stops led the Wave. Tied for second on the team with two interceptions. His pick-offs came against Navy (11/11) and Memphis (11/18). Made a career-best and team season-high 19 stops in the Navy game (11/11), earning the team's Defensive Player of the Week honors. His 19 tackles also tied for the best single game in Conference USA for 2000. Tallied a pair of fumble recoveries and a pass break-up in addition to the INT against Memphis (11/18). Blocked a field goal at UL-Lafayette (10/7). Registered 13 tackles and caused a fumble at East Carolina (9/16). Split time with fellow sophomore Quentin Brown before moving into the starting lineup to close the season.
1999: Participated in the final nine games of the year. Accumulated 15 solo tackles as part of his 18 total stops. Had a season-best four tackles against Houston (11/6).
HIGH SCHOOL: A 1999 graduate of Bolton High School in Alexandria, La. Named the Central Louisiana MVP after rushing for 1,561 yards and 16 touchdowns and passing for 623 yards and nine TDs during senior season. Also earned District 3-4A MVP and honorable mention all-state accolades. His team's co-captain as a senior, he was twice named Bolton's offensive MVP. Also played defensive back. Qualified for state track meet in both the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter relay as a junior. Coached by Brownie Parmley.
PERSONAL: Born March 16, 1981 in Greenville, Miss. The son of Tanya Mitchell. Has three brothers and two sisters. Majoring in sociology. Earned a slot on the 1999-2000 Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll.
Mitchell's Career Defensive Stats