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Ernest Mitchell

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 305 | College: Arkansas
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2007 Season

Suspended for one game for a personal foul/ejection after grabbing an Alabama OL's helmet and hitting him with it.

2006 Season

Mitchell started the season as a top reserve on the defensive line, but an injury to Marcus Harrison thrust the sophomore into the starting lineup. He played in all 14 games, starting nine contests including the final six games of the season. Mitchell earned starting nods against Alabama, Auburn, Southeast Missouri State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi State, LSU, Florida and Wisconsin. He was a persistent nuisance to opposing offenses in his sophomore season racking up 41 tackles, including 22 solo stops, nine tackles for loss (-29) and one sack (-7). Of his 41 tackles, 23 of his stops came in five starts against ranked opponents. His nine tackles for loss ranked fourth on the squad and second among UA defensive tackles. Mitchell garnered at least one tackle for loss in seven games including in all but two of his starts. He racked up nine quarterback hurries, tallied a pass break up and returned a fumble nine yards. - He played 15 snaps against USC, but did not record a tackle. Mitchell came back to make three tackles in a non-conference win over Utah State. He played nine snaps at Vanderbilt and registered two assisted tackles. He made his first career start in Harrison's absence against No. 22 Alabama and played a career-best 57 snaps. Mitchell responded with three tackles including one tackle for loss (-1). In his second start, he was a constant presence in No. 2 Auburn's backfield helping the Razorbacks to an upset of the Tigers. Mitchell garnered four tackles, including two tackles for loss (-10) and his first sack (-7) of the season. He made one solo tackle in 28 plays and knocked down a pass against Southeast Missouri State. He played 14 snaps as he moved back to second team defensive tackle behind Harrison, but did not make a tackle. Mitchell played 51 snaps against Louisiana-Monroe, making a career-high five tackles, and recovering a fumble and returning it nine yards. His fumble recovery and return set up a UA touchdown. He started his fourth game of the season at South Carolina, recording four tackles and a tackle for loss (-6). He made his second-consecutive start at home against No. 13 Tennessee. He earned four tackles, including three solo, one tackle for loss (-5) and two quarterback hurries in the win over the Volunteers. Mitchell started his fourth-straight game at Mississippi State collecting three tackles and a quarterback hurry. In the regular season finale against No. 9 LSU, he made five total tackles with three solo stops and a tackle for loss (-1). Mitchell made four solo tackles and tallied two tackles for loss (-5) and one quarterback hurry against No. 4 Florida in the SEC Championship Game. It was Mitchell's second career game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The Georgia native played a high school state playoff game in the facility as a prepster. He capped his season with two tackles, one tackle for loss (-1) and two quarterback hurries in a start against No. 7 Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl.

2005 Season

He appeared in nine games in his redshirt freshman season as a reserve on the UA defensive line. He played in every game with the exception of the Vanderbilt and Southern California contests. He tallied six tackles, including one tackle for loss (-4), and four quarterback hurries on the season. Three of his six stops were of the solo variety. He earned at least one tackle in five of the nine games he participated in. - He earned an assisted tackle in the Hogs' season-opening win over Missouri State. He played against Alabama, Louisiana-Monroe, Auburn and Georgia. He earned an assisted tackle and three quarterback hurries against ULM, but didn't earn statistics against the other opponents. He tallied another assisted stop against South Carolina. He garnered two solo tackles and a tackle for loss (-7) in the Razorbacks' first league win at Ole Miss. He added another solo tackle against Mississippi State.

2004 Season

He spent his redshirt season bulking up in the weight room and working on the UA scout team defense.

High School

He racked up 146 tackles, including 21 tackles for loss, in his senior season at Newnan High School. The Coweta-Fayette County Player of the Year and an Atlanta Touchdown Club Player of the Week award winner, he tallied 10 sacks for Coach Robert Herring. He helped his high school squad post a 13-2 record in his final campaign. He was rated as the No. 18 player in Georgia by Rivals.com. He was a member of the Southeast Elite 88 and was the nation's No. 27 defensive tackle in rankings by the same outlet. He was listed as one of the nation's "Super Prospects" by CollegeSports.com. He was ranked as the No. 22 prospect in Georgia by SuperPrep. He benched 425 pounds and squat lifted 540 pounds. He finished second in the state in the power-lifting championships. As a junior, he competed in track and field finishing first in Coweta County in the shot put and discus. He also was recruited by Florida State and Clemson.


Born Nov. 6, 1985, he is the son of Ernest and Verleda Mitchell. He is enrolled in the Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences and is majoring in turf management. He was named a Hard Working Hog for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 academic years.


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