Freddie Mitchell To Turn Pro
Jan. 5, 2001
UCLA junior flanker Freddie Mitchell, who enjoyed a record-breaking season in 2000, has decided to forego his final year of eligibility and enter the National Football League draft.
'I have enjoyed my four years at UCLA, but I feel that it is time for me to move into the next phase of my life,' said Mitchell. 'I want to thank my coaches and my teammates and the athletic department for their support, especially two years ago when I was recovering from my broken leg.
'I have had a great time, but it's time for me to give something back to my family.'
Mitchell, one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, earned first-team All-America honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation and The Sporting News. He was also selected first-team All-Pac-10.
On the year, including the Sun Bowl, he led the Bruins with 77 receptions, second-most in UCLA history, and a school-record 1,494 receiving yards. He was also second on the squad with nine touchdowns. He averaged 39.1 yards on his touchdown receptions and six of the nine measured at least 35 yards.
During the regular season, he ranked second in the nation with his average of 119.45 receiving yards per game and with his 1,314 receiving yards. He also ranked 17th in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 in receptions (6.18 average) and his average of 19.32 yards per catch ranked second nationally among players in the Top 35 in receptions per game. He also ranked second in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (119.45) and led the Pac-10 in receiving yardage by over 31 yards per game. His 1,314 regular-season receiving yards also rank No. 4 on the Pacific-10 Conference's all-time list.
In the final game of his career, the Sun Bowl against Wisconsin, Mitchell made nine receptions for a UCLA bowl-record 180 yards and one touchdown, a 64-yard catch-and-run that evened the score at 7-7. Seven of his nine receptions produced first downs and three measured at least 20 yards. The 180 yards rank fifth on UCLA's single-game list, just five yards behind his career high of 185, set earlier this year versus Stanford.
During his career, Mitchell made 119 receptions for 2,135 yards. He ranks fourth on UCLA's career receiving yardage list and seventh on the reception list. He also completed five of six passes for 189 yards and four touchdowns.