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62 DAYS TO 2019 KICKOFF: Tyler Mitchell

In which BracketCat counts down the 62nd day until the 2019 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State offensive lineman Tyler Mitchell.

#62 Tyler Mitchell
Tyler Mitchell (62) had a sensational season in 2017 as the full-time starter at right guard. He started nearly every game in 2018, as well, splitting time at both guard positions. Now he looks to contribute to our solidity as one of four returning starters on the offensive line in 2019.
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#62 Tyler Mitchell

Redshirt Senior | 6-4 | 310 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 his first three seasons in Manhattan, starting each of the last 28 games dating back to 2016 and totaling 30 starts overall. He’ll look to solidify the right guard position in 2019.

Mitchell was a major factor down the stretch run of the 2016 season after redshirting in 2015. He started at left guard for the White team in the 2016 spring game and shifted over to right guard for the Purple team in each of the following two springs.

In 2016, 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 2016.

In 2017, 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 a first-team Academic All-Big 12 honoree and started 11 games in 2018, opening up at left guard for the first four games of the season before moving to right guard for the next seven contests.

Despite an injury that ended his season one game shy of the finish line, Mitchell helped the Wildcats to finish third in the Big 12 by averaging 182.6 rushing yards per game, including a 184.2-yard average in conference games to rank second.

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. They 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. He also played baseball in high school.