Fayetteville, Ark. – Part of a cloud of uncertainty centered over Arkansas junior wide receiver Brandon Mitchell was lifted on Thursday when the Razorbacks interim head coach John L. Smith made a public announcement that Mitchell would miss two more games as part of a university-imposed suspension.
Speaking about Mitchell Smith said, “We have a resolution, we have a solution and it’s just one of those things where we discovered there was a problem, checked into the problem and made a decision.”
Mitchell, 6’4”, 230 pounds, was held out of Arkansas’ previous two games against Ole Miss and Tulsa without any explanation from the Razorback coaching staff or public relations department. Mitchell was not hurt in Arkansas’ games leading up to the Ole Miss match-up in Little Rock leading to speculation that the red shirt junior had violated an NCAA rule(s), broke a team rule, or was having academic troubles.
Even after Smith’s statement on Thursday little is known about the why of Mitchell’s suspension only that he will serve a four-game suspension and he will return for the Razorbacks’ last game of the regular season against LSU in Fayetteville.
Mitchell is currently ranked as the No. 37 receiver in the SEC in terms of total receiving yards with 257. He has hauled in 15 total passes for a 17.1 yard per catch average but has yet to find the end zone as a wide receiver.
The Amite, Louisiana, native switched from quarterback during spring practices to wide receiver to provide depth to a group that was depleted by graduation and suspensions or dismissals. Mitchell came into the game as a backup quarterback against Alabama going 1-7 with a 19 yard completion and threw a 26 yard touchdown pass against Auburn on a trick play.