Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
#49 Earl Mitchell
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 270
Year: Junior
Hometown: Houston, Texas
High School: North Shore HS
Experience: 2 Letters

Arizona: 3L... Team co-captain in 2009... One of Arizona's true freshmen offensive regulars in 2006, Mitchell has progressed to become a key in the defensive front... Big athlete and one of the top 11 players on offense or defense throughout his career... Moved to defensive tackle in spring '08 after two years as a tight end and H-back in the program, and the move was effective... Clearly the consistent factor up front for the No. 24-rated Wildcat total defense, leading all linemen with 40 hits... Career-high eight tackles against Toledo... Strong down the stretch with 16 hits in the final four games... Coaches' citation for defensive player of the week against UCLA and ASU... Had a good two years as a big man in the backfield on offense... Caught five passes for 38 yards, (including the first `spread offense' receiving touchdown at BYU) in 2007... Had a kickoff return for eight yards vs. UCLA from a wing position... Five starts as a tight end or H-back... Caught nine passes for 136 yards in 2006... First touchdown catch was a game-igniting play at Oregon... Career-best two grabs in LSU, Cal and Oregon games... Seven starts as the big back or tight end... Rushed four times for seven yards in short-yardage situations... Had UA's lone blocked kick of the year, a tipped punt at LSU... One of the Cats' early commitments in '06 class... Helped continue the program's recruiting focus in the greater Houston area...

High School: North Shore Senior High School, Galena Park, Texas, 2006... 2005 first-team All-District 23-5A honors for coach David Aymond... 5A All-Region III second-team... No. 9 tight end on Texas HS top 200 ... Houston Chronicle top 5 area receivers recruit... Dave Campbell's Texas Football Top 10 tight end... Dallas Morning News State 100... postseason Texas 100 honors... SuperPrep All-Midlands... SuperPrep All-Southwest in 2005... Mustangs were 11-1 under coach Dave Aymond in 2005, their lone loss in area playoffs... San Antonio Express Texas 100, No. 82... Port Arthur News area top prospects list as tight end...

Personal: Academic major is interdisciplinary studies... Follows some North Shore products that were UA starters - Sean Jones, Chris Johnson, Michael Jolivette and Reggie Sampay... Date of birth: Sept. 25, 1987.

Career Offensive Stats:
Year G-GS Rec. Yards Avg. TD Long
2006 12-7 9 136 15.1 1 37
2007 12-5 5 38 7.6 1 14
Totals 24-12 14 174 12.4 2 37 
2008 13-13 16 24 40 5.5-14 1.5 Sk, 1 PD
Other: partially blocked punt at LSU in '06; 4-7 rushing `06