February 27, 2007

Mr. Deeds

Ohio State senior safety Brandon Mitchell would probably have to admit that he didn't get to see the field quite as much as he would have liked in college. But his deeds on and off the field as a Buckeye could be added to up to much more than your usual scholar athlete's.

Mitchell was, as most talented young men at the high school level, a two-way standout. At Mays High School in his home of Atlanta, Georgia Mitchell made plays on both as a wide receiver and a safety.

When the 6-foot-3, 205-pounder received a scholarship offer to play at OSU he took the opportunity and joined the class of 2002.

After red shirting his first year in Columbus, Mitchell hit the scene in 2003. He started the first game of the season against the Washington Huskies and helped lock down star receiver Reggie Williams, a future first round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars, in an impressive OSU victory.

He would go on to start the first four games of that season tallying six tackles, a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery against San Diego State, then following that up with a performance against North Carolina State in which he picked off All-American and future NFL quarterback Philip Rivers.

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