The Panthers return seven starters on defense
Quotes and videos from practice on Thursday, April 9
Pitt lands third most honorees among the ACC's 14 football schools
2014: Started all 13 games and displayed valuable versatility in his first active season at Pitt...started the first eight games at cornerback before moving to strong safety for the final five contests...switched to safety due to Terrish Webb's season-ending injury (Webb was injured against Georgia Tech on Oct. 25)...totaled 62 tackles, three TFLs and one sack...led Pitt with seven PBUs and tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles...named the ACC Defensive Back of the Week for his performance in Pitt's 21-16 win over Virginia Tech...Mitchell collected a career- and game-high 10 tackles (nine solo) and forced two fumbles against the Hokies...had an eight-yard sack (the first of his career) in the Delaware season opener...had a career-high three PBUs at FIU...selected to the ACC All-Academic Football Team.
2013: Transferred to Pitt from Wisconsin prior to the season and sat out the year under NCAA guidelines.
AT WISCONSIN (2012): Played in one game (at Nebraska) on special teams as a true freshman.
HIGH SCHOOL: A standout quarterback and defensive back at Shady Side Academy...selected All-State Class AA on defense by the Pennsylvania Sports Writers and Pennsylvania Football News...selected All-Allegheny Conference on both sides of the ball...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette North "Fabulous 22"...named Shady Side Academy's MVP as a senior after rushing for 1,420 yards, passing for 800 yards and scoring 22 touchdowns...two-time captain for Coach Dave Havern, a former quarterback at Pitt from 1968-71...in addition to football, Mitchell also lettered in basketball and track and field.
PERSONAL: Reginald Lee Mitchell, born 5/15/94, is the son of Vicky Mitchell-Taylor and James Taylor...has two brothers...a relative through marriage of perennial Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis, the former Pitt standout (2004-06) who is now with the New York Jets...marketing major.
Pitt Football Positional Preview: Special Teams
Pitt's Conner Named to Walter Camp Award Watch List
Pitt Football Positional Preview: The Defense
Pitt's Conner Named Preseason Doak Walker Award Candidate
Three Pitt players named Wuerffel Trophy candidates
Pitt's Bisnowaty Named to Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List