Mitchell Goes to Houston in 3rd

April 23, 2010

NEW YORK--University of Arizona defensive tackle Earl Mitchell was the 81st overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, picked 17th in the third round by the Houston Texans.

Mitchell, a second-team All-Pac-10 selection in his senior year in 2009, joined Rob Gronkowski as a second-day pick in the draft. Gronkowski was the 10th pick in the second round by the New England Patriots.

 

Mitchell Notes:

Mitchell has some Sunday potential on both sides of the ball… Second-team All-Pac-10 honors as a DT in 2009… Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week for the game at USC that put UA in the Holiday Bowl… East-West Shrine Game invitation for January 2010… Preseason Lombardi Award watch list… 48 tackles from interior position as a senior, including a team-best 12.5 for losses, with 6.5 sacks… Broke up a pass and forced a fumble… Two sacks against USC to earn the weekly conference nod… Career-high nine tackles at California… Mike Stoops knew he was getting a jumbo athlete in Mitchell, but maybe not that it would pan out the way it did… Played first two years as a tight end/H-back, with 14 receptions for 174 yards and two scores, but switched to defense for the ’08 season… Will end up with 50 games played as a Wildcat, tying Cam Nelson for playing in every game since arriving in the same 2006 freshman class (they did not redshirt)… Mitchell had 12 formation starts on offense and will have 26 on defense…  Solid story as a leader in academic awareness and off-the-field comportment… Western region winner of the National Academic Momentum Award from Baller-Scholar and the National Consortium for Academic and Sports…Team co-captain for a number of reasons…

 

 

Mitchell Career Totals

Year

G-GS

Rec

Yds

Avg.

TD

Lg

2006

12-7

9

136

15.1

1

37

2007

12-5

5

38

7.6

1

14

 

 

UT

AT

TT

TFL

Other

2008

13-13

16

24

40

5.5-14

1.5 SK, PD

2009

13-13

34

14

48

12.5-46

6.5 SK, FF, PD

Total

50-38

50

38

88

18-60

8 SK, FF, 2 PD

 

 

 

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