August 24, 2006

Mitchell stepping to fore in final go-round

After five years, it appears Brandon Mitchell is ready for his close-up.

Though he first broke into the starting lineup three seasons ago, as a free safety in the first game of the 2003 season with Ohio State beginning defense of its national championship, Mitchell's career has been far from spectacular since.

The redshirt freshman was overtaken by true sophomore Nate Salley in the fourth game of that season, and the fight back to the top of the depth chart has been an arduous one.

Now entering his fifth and final year on campus, Mitchell has the look and sound of a player ready to be a leader on the field for the top-ranked Buckeyes and their rebuilt defense. And that could be one of the biggest surprises to come out of fall camp.

"In the spring Brandon was running with the twos, and he in my eyes kind of struggled as far as making plays, but I think he's realized his time is now," sophomore cornerback Malcolm Jenkins said. "This is his last year and I think he's really pressed and got a lot better over this camp."

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