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62 DAYS TO 2017 KICKOFF: Tyler Mitchell

In which BracketCat counts down the 62nd day until the 2017 kickoff with a profile of offensive lineman Tyler Mitchell.

#62 Tyler Mitchell
Today’s brilliant observation: Tyler Mitchell (62) is a much bigger man than Dominique Heath (4).
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#62 Tyler Mitchell

Redshirt Sophomore | 6-4 | 301 lbs. | Mathews, Alabama
Tyler Mitchell
Tyler Mitchell
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Offensive Line
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Starter
  • Status: On Scholarship

Philip Tyler Mitchell (b. Jan. 21, 1997) is a physical offensive lineman who was a major factor down the stretch run of the 2016 season after redshirting in 2015. Now he will look to take hold of a starting spot at guard again as a sophomore.

He started at left guard for White in the 2016 spring game and shifted over to right guard for Purple in this spring. Considering both he and Abdul Beecham started at left guard last season, and starting right guard Terrale Johnson has graduated, it would be a real surprise if both Beecham and Mitchell didn’t start opposite each other this year.

Mitchell was an under-the-radar project plucked out of SEC country who chose Kansas State over offers from Murray State and Tennessee Tech, plus interest from Furman, Mercer and Troy.

He played under head coach Anthony McCall at Montgomery (Ala.) Academy, where he helped to lead the Eagles to a 12-1 record and a trip to the quarterfinals of the Alabama Class 3A playoffs in 2014. The team also reached the state quarterfinals and went 11-2 in 2013.

Mitchell earned first-team all-state honors from the Alabama Sports Writers Association as a senior, was an all-area pick in 2013 by, and earned the team’s most improved offensive player and most valuable lineman awards.

Last season, he appeared in nine games with six starts, including starting nods in each of the final four contests, and earned Big 12 All-Freshman team honors from Athlon.

Mitchell was part of a K-State line that helped the Wildcats to set the school record for rushing yards per carry (5.27), rank third in school history in total rushing yards (3,013) and rushing yards per game (231.8), and finish seventh in rushing touchdowns (39).

He also helped the Wildcats to rank sixth nationally in rushing touchdowns.