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62 DAYS TO 2018 KICKOFF: Tyler Mitchell

In which BracketCat counts down the 62nd day until the 2018 kickoff with a profile of offensive lineman Tyler Mitchell.

#62 Tyler Mitchell
Tyler Mitchell (62) had a sensational season in 2017 as the full-time starter at right guard. Now he looks to contribute continued solidity there as one of five returning starters on the offensive line in 2018.
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#62 Tyler Mitchell

Redshirt Junior | 6-4 | 307 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 has been a starter during this first two seasons in Manhattan, starting each of the last 17 games dating back to 2016 and totaling 19 starts overall. He will look to solidify the starting spot at right guard.

Mitchell 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 each of the last two springs.

In 2017, Mitchell 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.

He 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).

Mitchell also helped the Wildcats to rank sixth nationally in rushing touchdowns in 2017.

Last season, he was a 13-game starter at right guard who helped K-State to tie for third in school history in rushing yards per carry (4.98) and finish seventh with 2,584 total rushing yards, each of which ranked second in the Big 12.

Mitchell also blocked for a Wildcat bowl-record 344-yard rushing output in the Cactus Bowl victory over UCLA.

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

Mitchell 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 AL.com, and earned the team’s most improved offensive player and most valuable lineman awards.