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S Brandon Mitchell (official thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Alumni' started by FKAGobucks877, Apr 28, 2004.

  1. Steve19

    Steve19 Watching. Always watching. Staff Member

    Archie is there no doubt for his experience in the Athletics Department but also as head of the Alumni Association. This looks to be a very typical academic search committee, constructed of various representatives from interest groups.

    I am very encouraged by this. There are some rabid OSU sports fans on this committee.

    Joe Alutto is a world-respected management authority who is widely quoted in the literature. He has piloted the Fisher College of Business from a nearly three digit ranking to the point of breaking into the top 10. He appears to be a big OSU sports fan and has put lots of support behind the pre-game Football Saturday affairs at the Fisher College of Business, where he is a long-standing Dean. I respect him greatly, trust in his ability to discharge this with integrity, and think this looks like a great committee.
  2. stxbuck

    stxbuck Woody wore Sambas

    I agree-no obvious red-flags as far as the PC/anti-athletics crowd goes. As far as Mitchell's personality on the team-if he is on this committee he is two things,IMO

    A-a great kid who takes care of his academic responsibilities and keeps his nose clean
    B-not one of the rah-rah team leaders that the team looks to before a big game. Leadership does not have to be vocal, it can be by example, and I'm sure that is what Mitchell does. No way is a high profile player-AJ Hawk or Santonio Holmes-going to be allowed on the committee. Publicity wise it would smack of the dog dragging the owner around on a leash. They want a good kid who can give an "average' football player's input to this situation, not someone who ESPN is going to be asking about their NFL draft status.
  3. GoBucks89

    GoBucks89 Straight Shooting

    Brandon Mitchell is my hero

    At last, some off the field news that is unmistakably good. Too bad we won't see this one on ESPiN. Congratulations Brandon, you've done us proud.

    (I realize this has probably been covered elsewhere but I thought he deserved his own thread)


    Mitchell makes quick work of his college degree
    Saturday, June 11, 2005
    Tim May

    The funny thing about Brandon Mitchell is he showed up at Ohio State with the reputation of being a big hitter on the football field. Who knew he was going to hit the books just as hard?

    He laid ’em out, actually. On Sunday, Mitchell, who just completed his third year of college, will walk to the stage with the rest of the graduates to pick up his diploma, a degree in political science.

    Eleven football players just past or long past — including Joe Montgomery and Will Smith — will receive degrees during the ceremony. But Mitchell should still be an undergraduate. A junior by the football calendar, he ran the academic race in world-class time.

    "It wasn’t that hard for me, and maybe it was because I was blessed to have great high-school teachers and great counselors who would always tell me: plan," Mitchell said, referring to his upbringing in Atlanta. "Everyone wants to look and ask, ‘How did you do it?’ But in hindsight, I don’t think it was that hard."

    He took 17 hours his first quarter as a freshman, didn’t find that particularly taxing and loaded up with 20 the next. Doing basically the same for every quarter after that, including two summers, he amassed 191 hours.

    "Just enough," Mitchell said.

    Now he must be feeling a great sense of relief because . . .

    "Actually, I don’t feel any relief because I’m continuing (with graduate school) in the fall," he said. "Since I’m not done with school, it’s just another milestone."

    He must go to school to maintain eligibility to play as a safety. He has two seasons left if he wishes to take them.

    "I have no idea what I’m getting myself into, going to graduate school," Mitchell said, laughing. "It could be something completely different and a lot more difficult than anything I’ve ever done."

    Then there is Montgomery. His last year as an OSU player was 1998. Since then, he played in the NFL and is now a Columbus businessman.

    "When I first came here, I was a straight thug," said Montgomery, who grew up in Chicago tenements.

    But making changes is what he said his life has been about. For example, when he was a freshman, officials told him that he was a Prop 48, meaning he didn’t meet the academic standards set by the NCAA. He had to sit out a year.

    "Don’t put a challenge in front of me because I will beat it every time," Montgomery said. "That’s what I tell kids all the time. Don’t let someone else put restrictions on you. You decide what you’re going to do with your life, then go do it."

    Coach Jim Tressel applauded.

    "Joe Montgomery got it done, just like Eddie George was back three years ago, and Mike Vrabel was back last year (for their degrees)," Tressel said. "And no, that won’t help our graduation rate. But I would love to see a rate taken of how hard people work to get their guys to ultimately get their degree because Ohio State works hard."

    Simon Fraser, Dustin Fox and Maurice Hall got their work done in four years. All three played last fall.

    "No matter when we get that degree, I think we all realize it’s a huge accomplishment in life," Fraser said. "When you come to this university and you have all the opportunities and support staff that we have, you’d be silly not to take advantage of it and get your degree done."

    But in three years?

    "Brandon Mitchell, wow," Fraser said. "I think that’s something that should be hyped, that should be put on the front page of The Dispatch because that’s huge."
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2005
  4. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    I edited out the ad code...we're good now.
  5. ScarletInMyVeins

    ScarletInMyVeins Tanned Fat Looks Better

    Congratulations Brandon. now go bust someones ass on the football field :biggrin:
  6. gregorylee

    gregorylee I'd rather be napping!!

    That is just freaking awesome! Most can't do that without the distraction that is football.
  7. IronBuckI

    IronBuckI Calmer than you are.

    Let me see. After three years at tOSU I had just finished my sophomore year. Of course I had a whole lot of excuses to why it took that long. Way to go Brandon. When the average college student now takes nearly six years to complete a Bachelor's degree. That is quite an accomplishment to do it in that span of time. Incredible work ethic.
  8. AJHawkfan

    AJHawkfan Wanna make $14 the hard way?

    CONGRATULATIONS Brandon! Way to make us all proud!

    Now, would someone please email this to ESPiN or one of the other magazines who referred to us as a "football factory" or whatever?
  9. HineyBuck

    HineyBuck Old newb

    In addition to his heavy courseload, remember that Brandon Mitchell was named to the AD search committee. Gee, I wonder why they picked him?
  10. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    BN $ (Helwagen)


    Brandon discusses his leadership role and the progress of the young DBs.
  11. wadc45

    wadc45 Bourbon, Bow Ties and Baseball Hats Staff Member BP Recruiting Team


  12. Brandon Mitchell is right (Def. Observation)

    I've heard/read so much about the young Bucks on defense that it has started to make me worry that we won't be able to stop a run or defend against any pass. BUT... you know what, Brandon Mitchell is right:

    On gaining experience from going up against OSU's offense
    "Our guys are being thrown right into the fire. With our offense, we're getting experience going up against big-time talent. We might not be playing in front of 105,000 fans yet, but we're playing against similar talent that we'll see in a game. If we mess up against our offense, it's a touchdown. You learn real fast you can't do that." Ohio State Football Quotes Aug. 15,

    What better way to learn/gain experience than by lining up across from one of the best offenses in the nation for four weeks?
  13. lvbuckeye

    lvbuckeye Silver Surfer

    that was a great interview. he might not be a big star, but he's one of my faves.
  14. BB73

    BB73 Loves Buckeye History Staff Member Bookie '16 & '17 Upset Contest Winner

    Today's Preparation Determines Tomorrow's Achievement

    A three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and a standout individual who excels both on the football field and in the classroom, senior free safety Brandon Mitchell has a lot in which he can be proud. He recently graduated with a bachelor's of arts in communication and now is pursuing a graduate degree in communication while continuing to contribute for the Buckeyes.

    Mitchell takes different lessons he learns on the football field and applies them to his studies on the field, in the video room and in the classroom. His work ethic does not go unnoticed by his teammates.

    "Brandon Mitchell impresses me the most on defense," Anthony Gonzalez, junior wide receiver, said. "He lives the student-athlete experience the best you can. He takes care of academics and athletics and he is a good person."

    Mitchell is aware of the praise from his teammates, like Gonzalez, but said he has to work just as hard as everyone else.

    "People think I'm just smart, but I think I have a good memory and that comes, in part, because of football," Mitchell said. "I've had to learn so many things through football, it has kind of trained my mind to be able to look at things and remember them very easily."
    Mitchell, who is from Georgia, was recruited heavily by schools near his hometown of Atlanta. Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Clemson and South Carolina all gave him a look, but he wanted to go to school somewhere in a large metropolitan area.

    "Most of the bigger schools down south - Georgia, Clemson and Auburn - are in smaller cities," he said. "I narrowed my choices down to Georgia Tech and Ohio State and chose to come here because I wanted to get away from home."

    Playing both wide receiver and defensive back in high school, Mitchell also was the state champion in track in the 400-meter dash his junior year. He had an important decision to make when he came to Ohio State. Would he play wide receiver or safety?

    "I would say I play safety better, so obviously I like that position better," Mitchell said. "I like it better because I'd rather be the hammer than the nail. I'd rather be the guy that's hitting someone than the one that's getting hit."

    Former Buckeye Will Allen, who currently plays defensive back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was one of the best influences Mitchell had when he came to Ohio State.

    "We roomed together at camp when I came my freshman year in 2002," Mitchell said. "He always kind of mentored me. I still talk to him and he even stayed with me this summer while he was working out up here."

    Mel Tucker, who coached the Buckeye defensive backs when Mitchell first arrived at Ohio State, also was a big help to Mitchell's development, helping him learn the ins and outs of the position. Tucker also taught him how to be a leader. Former Buckeyes' assistant coach Mark Snyder, now the head coach at Marshall, may have lit a fire in Mitchell to help make him the player he is today.

    Snyder told him some players make plays and some players do not. Then Snyder asked him, "Which one are you?"

    Mitchell uses Snyder's words any time he needs motivation.
    Many people would be led to say the middle linebacker is the leader of the defense, but Mitchell, as one of the veterans on the defensive side of the ball, also will be looked upon to be one of the vocal leaders of a young Buckeyes defense in 2006.

    Playing safety at Ohio State is not easy and it requires spending a lot of time watching film and studying opponents, while also having to know more than 100 different defensive plays. Mitchell watches at least four hours of film every week preparing for the next opponent. The 6-foot-3-inch, 205-pounder said the hardest part about playing safety is if you make a mistake, it is a touchdown, but the lengthy preparation is what makes him a knowledgeable leader on the field.

    "You have to know the receivers, know their favorite routes and that comes from watching film and doing overall studying," Mitchell said. "You have to know the quarterback. Obviously, if the quarterback is coming back from the year before, you have a little bit of an advantage than you do with new quarterbacks. I'm fortunate to have friends that play on other teams and I call them if they've played against a team we are playing and ask how the quarterback is to see if he's better at certain things than others and I also ask about the receivers. I think it's really a lot of research that prepares you for the game. You have to be in shape and everything, but a free safety is very good if he knows his opponent inside and out."

    Mitchell has had to defend against many great receivers throughout his career including former Big Ten standouts Braylon Edwards (Michigan) and Courtney Roby (Indiana) and current Michigan wide receiver Steve Breaston. But for him, the toughest wide receiver to defend is "the one that runs the best route."

    "I don't think receivers come in any shape, form or fashion because a bigger receiver who runs with power is very hard to tackle and a little receiver that is quick is equally as hard to tackle," Mitchell said.

    The Mays High School product will be playing his final home games as a Buckeye this season. A field that once graced the feet of legendary players such as Archie Griffin and Jack Tatum is something not just for fans to experience, but also for the players who currently don the scarlet and gray.
    "It's amazing," Mitchell said. "When you run out of that tunnel, you don't feel your feet. You come out in front of 105,000 fans every weekend; it's incredible. It's a rush every time. I've done it 20 or 30 times, but every time is like the first time. I've never experienced anything like it in my life."
    When the senior ends his playing career at Ohio State, he hopes to leave a lasting mark on the university and the people of the Ohio State community.
    "I hope people remember me as a great player, a great student of the game and just a great person," Mitchell said. "Everyone wants to make it to the NFL, but I want to be remembered as someone who played hard for the Buckeyes and someone who was great to the fans on and off the field."
  15. scooter1369

    scooter1369 Chief Toad Fart

    Shoulda been a Captain this year...

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