Sep 15, 2012; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Brandon Mitchell (17) looks to pass against the Alabama Crimson Tide last season in the fourth quarter at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

NCAA Football: Quarterback Brandon Mitchell amongst several players to transfer from Arkansas


UPDATE: 5/20/13

According to ESPN’s Joe Schad, Brandon Mitchell will enroll at NC State.

“I like the culture, coaches, expectations within the program starting all the way at the top, and most importantly chemistry,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell will be able to play immediately and is expected to compete for a starting position.

Fayetteville, Ark. – During the past week, Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema has been conducting individual player interviews with each of his athletes to discuss their future on and off the field. The result of one of those meetings in particular could potentially be devastating to the Hogs next season.

Brandon Mitchell, the 6’4” dual-threat quarterback out of Amite, LA., was expected to be a substantial contributor for the Razorbacks in this upcoming season. Although redshirt sophomore Brandon Allen was named the starting quarterback for the spring game, Hog fans knew nothing was set in stone due to Mitchell’s elite athleticism and experience.

Apparently Mitchell felt otherwise. At the conclusion of his meeting with Bielema, Mitchell decided he was going to graduate from Arkansas this summer, then transfer to another school to play his final year of college football.

While Mitchell still hasn’t made a decision as to where he will transfer, he does know that he will be able to play immediately.

Early rumors say that Mitchell is likely to end up at UAB, Idaho, or Western Kentucky. These are all obvious choices, as each are coached by a former Arkansas offensive coach.

Former offensive coordinator Garrick McGee is now the head coach at UAB. Last year’s offensive coordinator Paul Petrino is now the head coach at Idaho. Bobby Petrino, the man who recruited Mitchell to come to Arkansas in the first place, is now the new head coach at Western Kentucky.

According to ESPN’s Joe Schad, Mitchell is also considering South Florida, NC State, Louisiana Tech and Northwestern State.

Whichever school Mitchell decides to play for next season is getting an exceptionally talented player. With senior quarterback Tyler Wilson running the show last season, the Arkansas coaching staff moved Mitchell to receiver just so they could have his play-making abilities on the field. He caught 17 passes for 272 yards in his first season to ever play the position.

Throughout his career at Arkansas, Mitchell appeared in 21 games with 3 starts. Overall, he is 25-43 passing for 332 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed the ball 23 times for 75 yards and two touchdowns.

Like Mitchell, Austin Flynn, Defonta Lowe and Keante Minor are also transferring. Flynn and Lowe are expected to be leaving due to academic reasons and trouble off the field, while Minor is leaving due to his placement on the depth-chart at receiver.

Mitchell’s departure leaves a huge question mark going forward: Who will be the Razorbacks’ backup quarterback?  

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  • gohogsbill

    Mitchell’s fate at starting QB was sealed in the spring and the Red White Spring game. After the first week of spring (4 days not in pads ) he and Allen were both taking snaps with the first team. When pads were put on Mitchell took most of his with second team, and the reason was mostly his accuracy and not picking up the offence as fast as Allen did. In the scrimmages and spring game he threw ints, after drives into the red zone, that were returned for TDs or long yardage. Bielema doesn’t put up with those kind of mistakes, especially with this team this year, that will be a run first don’t hurt yourself team. He had a problem of throwing behind receivers and that is a high possibility int. throw. With two highly rank QBs coming in the summer ( Austin Allen 17th pro-style, and Damon Mitchell 12th ranked dual threat ) Mitchell was asked to play both WR and situation QB sometimes, he wants to be QB only and Coach B gave him his release early so he could have enough time to look for a school that gave him his best shot to start

    • Razorbackers.com

      Thanks for the post gohogsbill!

      Don’t forget about A.J. Derby or Taylor Reed either. Derby played at Iowa before spending a year at Coffeyville CC, and stands 6’5” weighing 241 pounds. He’s got the size that’s for sure, now let’s find out if he has the skills.

      Reed is originally from El Dorado, Arkansas. He went to Memphis and started at QB in his freshman season. Due to coaching changes, he transferred back home to Arkansas. Although he wasn’t heavily recruited out of high school, going to a D-1 school and starting at QB as a freshman is impressive… even if it was Memphis.

      • gohogsbill

        A J will be the #2 QB at least the first 4 games and if Brandon A has control the red shirt will stay on one of the other two and let Reed keep the #3. Now as little brother might get some help from Brandon and move up, it is said Damon is a running back that can play QB as good as any, who knows what the summer and fall will hold when you talk Fr. QBs. They all will be watching their backs when Peavey comes in 2014.