9 - Bo Levi Mitchell
Bo Levi Mitchell
Height: 6-2
Weight: 210
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Katy, Texas
High School: Katy HS '08
College: Southern Methodist
Position: QB
Experience: 1L

* Honors Candidate *

* Academic Honors Candidate *

Career: Although he has played just one season in Eastern’s program, he already ranks sixth in school history with 37 touchdown passes and is ninth with 300 completions. His 3,496 yards in 2010 are just 580 yards from earning a spot on EWU’s top 10 career list.

2011: Listed as a starter at quarterback on preseason depth chart. Joins teammate Brandon Kaufman on the Walter Payton Award “Watch List” as a candidate for the award given to the top player in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision by The Sports Network. Lindy’s College Football Preview selected him as its preseason FCS Offensive Player of the Year. Lindy’s also selected Mitchell to its preseason All-America second team, and as its preseason Player of the Year in the Big Sky Conference. He was given first-team preseason All-America honors from Consensus Draft Services. The Sports Network selected him as one of the top 10 returning quarterbacks in FCS in 2011, and he earned a similar honor from College Football Performance Awards as one of the top 38 quarterbacks. In four spring scrimmages, he completed 22-of-44 passes for 270 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. At the end of the 2010-11 school year, EWU’s student newspaper, The Easterner, selected Mitchell as Eastern’s Student of the Year. Besides leading the Eagles to the national title, the newspaper cited his volunteer work tutoring students at Cheney High School. He spent about five hours a week working with the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program, which tutors small student groups to foster high-level questioning and ultimately prepare students for a college education.

2010: Earned All-Big Sky Conference honorable-mention accolades and was named to the Big Sky All-Academic squad after starting 14 of 15 games at quarterback for the Eagles. Was one of four team captains on the squad and the only underclassman among those players. Mitchell had a triumphant return to his home state, passing for 302 yards and three touchdowns to earn Most Outstanding Player accolades in leading Eastern to a come-from-behind 20-19 victory over Delaware in the NCAA Division I Championship Game on Jan. 7, 2011, in Frisco, Texas. Mitchell is from Katy, Texas, and transferred from Southern Methodist University following the 2009 season. He completed 29-of-43 passes and directed EWU on touchdown drives in its last three possessions of the game. His three touchdowns against Delaware gave him 37 for the season and helped him break the single-season school record of 34 set by Matt Nichols in 2007. Mitchell also broke school records for attempts (505) and completions (300). For the season, Mitchell completed 59.4 percent of his passes for 3,496 yards (fifth in school history), a school-record 37 touchdowns, 15 interceptions and a passing efficiency rating of 135.8. In NCAA Championship Subdivision statistics, he finished ranked 20th in passing offense (233.1 yards per game), 26th in total offense (236.2) and 26th in efficiency (135.8). Eastern was 3-0 in the 2010 season when it was forced to play without two-time All-America running back Taiwan Jones, and Mitchell was impressive in all three of those games. He completed a combined 68 percent of his passes (79-of-117) in those outings for a passing efficiency rating of 162.0, directing Eastern on 11 touchdown drives of at least 63 yards. He completed 29-of-43 passes for 302 yards and one interception in the victory over Delaware, and directed EWU on scoring drives of 80 (5 plays), 89 (14 plays) and 63 yards (8 plays). One game earlier, he completed 27-of-38 passes for 292 yards, no interceptions and four touchdowns in a 41-31 win over Villanova (12/17/10). He led Eastern on touchdown drives of 63 yards (5 plays), 43 yards (8 plays), 80 (2 plays) and 63 yards (12 plays). Earlier in the season without Jones, Eastern scored 21-straight second-half points after falling behind 17-14 to surge past Weber State (10/2/10) 35-24 in a crucial Big Sky Conference football game. Mitchell passed for a career-high 337 yards (47th-best in school history) and four touchdowns, and the defense had three interceptions that led to scores. He directed Eastern on touchdown drives of 66 yards (9 plays), 65 yards (13 plays), 80 yards (6 plays), 68 yards (9 plays) and 67 yards (4 plays), as he earned honorable-mention accolades nationally by the College Football Performance Awards. Mitchell was 23-of-36 as he helped the team to leads after all four quarters. Mitchell had a school-record 37 touchdown passes in the 2010 season and Brandon Kaufman caught 15 of those himself, but none were bigger than their 11-yard connection with 2:37 to play in the NCAA Division I Championship game in Frisco, Texas. The connection capped a 63-yard drive as EWU used three long drives in the final 16:48 to rally from a 19-0 deficit for a 20-19 victory. It was the sixth victory of the season for EWU when it trailed or was tied in the fourth quarter. Earlier and trailing 19-0, Eastern finally scored when Mitchell found Kaufman for a 22-yard touchdown pass. Before that five-play, 80-yard drive that took just 1:30 off the clock, the Blue Hens had a 337-98 advantage in offense. Mitchell also had a 9-yard TD pass to Nicholas Edwards during the rally. One game earlier, Mitchell hit Brandon Kaufman with a short pass down the sideline, and Kaufman exploded past the defense for a 76-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown against Villanova in the FCS Playoffs at Roos Field. The third-quarter score gave Eastern a 10-point lead in the 41-31 victory, catapulting EWU into the FCS title game. In the quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs against North Dakota State (12/11/10), Mitchell had passed for just 38 yards and faced a daunting task with 2:29 left in the game and the Eagles stuck at their own 10-yard line. But despite struggling with five turnovers in the second half during a snowstorm and falling behind 31-24, the Eagles put together a 13-play, 90-yard drive to knot the score with 23 seconds to play. Eastern converted two fourth downs on the drive, including a 13-yard passing gain from Mitchell to Greg Herd on a fourth-and-10 play. A sliding, 40-yard catch by Nicholas Edwards was the longest play during the remarkable, game-tying drive, as EWU scored the tying touchdown on a 4-yard pass from Mitchell to Edwards. Mitchell, who was 13-of-32 for 141 yards, two interceptions and three touchdowns in the game, provided the game-winning points with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Hart on the first play of overtime in the 28-31 victory. A week prior, he had a 21-of-34 effort against Southeast Missouri State (12/4/10), in which he had a pair of second half touchdowns and 178 total yards. One game earlier, Mitchell earned high praise after passing for 256 yards and four touchdowns in EWU’s 34-7 win over Idaho State (11/20/10). Mitchell was 20-of-25 for 213 yards and four touchdowns in the first half alone as he directed the Eagles on scoring drives of 55, 63, 71 and 95 yards. He closed the game 26-of-38 (68.4 percent) for 256 yards and no interceptions, as he earned honorable-mention accolades nationally by the College Football Performance Awards. In EWU’s 31-24 win over Southern Utah (11/13/10), he was 21-of-34 for 211 yards and a pair of touchdowns, both to Kaufman. He led Eastern on a game-winning 55-yard drive, capped by Kaufman’s 24-yard TD catch. In EWU’s 35-28 win over Northern Colorado (10/16/10), Mitchell completed 16-of-25 passes for 172 yards, a touchdown and one interception, including an impressive 7-of-8 for 57 yards in EWU’s game-tying drive late in the game in which he utilized five different receivers. In back-to-back games against Weber State and Northern Arizona (10/9/10), he completed 69 percent of his passes (43-of-62) with seven touchdowns, three interceptions, an average of 312.5 yards per game and a passing efficiency rating of 181.61. In his first four games of the season, he completed 51.4 percent of his passes for six touchdowns, four interceptions (three returned for touchdowns), 236.8 yards per game and a passing efficiency rating of 113.07. Mitchell had a 20-of-26 performance for 288 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions against Northern Arizona. In Eastern’s opener against Nevada (9/2/10), he was a respectable 19-of-35 for 253 yards and two touchdowns. He followed that by going 16-of-27 for 188 yards and a pair of scores against Central Washington (9/11/10), and was 17-of-37 for 234 yards versus Montana (9/18/10) in the first game on the red Sprinturf surface at Roos Field. In EWU’s loss versus Montana State (9/25/10), he was 24-of-49 for 272 yards as his 49 attempts equaled the 14th-most in school history. He earned team offensive player of the week honors for his performances in three games -- Weber State, Idaho State and Villanova. Mitchell won EWU’s starting quarterback job with overwhelming performances in the three spring scrimmages he played in. He completed 24-of-36 passes (67 percent) for 352 yards and three touchdowns – all to sophomore Nicholas Edwards – with just one interception. He helped the White to a 20-0 victory over the Red in EWU’s spring game, completing a pass for 61 yards to sophomore Greg Herd on the game’s first play before scoring on an 8-yard scamper.

SMU: Played two seasons at SMU, starting all 19 of the games he played. In his career, he completed 385-of-676 passes (57.0 percent) for 4,590 yards (241.6 per game) with 36 touchdowns and 33 interceptions. His efficiency rating was 121.8, he had long completions of 96, 94, 77 and 70 yards, and was sacked 38 times. He had six 300-yard passing games and six with at least three TD passes. As a sophomore in 2009, he started SMU’s first seven games before suffering an injury and being replaced by freshman Kyle Padron. Mitchell completed 56 percent of his passes for 1,725 yards, 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, for a passing efficiency rating of 117.9. However, SMU was 3-4 in those seven games before winning five of its last six to finish 8-5 and defeat Nevada 45-10 in the Hawaii Bowl. Mitchell’s top performances in 2009 victories included a 353-yard, three-touchdown performance against the University of Alabama at Birmingham and 266 yards and a pair of scores versus East Carolina, including a 96-yard completion. He also passed for 202 yards and a touchdown in a 31-23 victory over Stephen F. Austin, a team Eastern would later lose to in the NCAA Championship Subdivision Playoffs. Mitchell had a SMU career-high 424 yards against Washington State on Sept. 19 as he completed 40-of-57 passes (70.2 percent) with a pair of touchdowns, but he was intercepted four times. His interception in overtime led to a game-winning field goal by the Cougars in their only victory of the season under second-year head coach Paul Wulff, who spent the previous eight seasons as EWU’s head coach. In 12 games as a freshman, Mitchell completed 57.6 percent of his passes for 2,865 yards, 24 touchdowns, 23 interceptions and a passing efficiency rating of 124.4. He threw for three touchdowns in his collegiate debut at Rice, and was 24-of-37 for 370 yards with five TDs and no interceptions in a 47-36 win over Texas State. The five TD passes tied for second-most all-time in a game at SMU and his 24 on the year were third-most. At Central Florida, he had a 94-yard TD pass. He finished the year with four 300-yard games and had five games with at least three TD passes. The Texas State victory was SMU’s lone win in 12 games in 2008.

HS: Graduated from Katy High School in Texas in 2008, and went on an official visit to EWU in January 2008. As a senior in 2007, he passed for 2,451 yards and 37 touchdowns with only four interceptions. He led Katy to an undefeated season and a state championship. He was named to the Houston Chronicle’s Houston Top 110. Chose SMU over an offer from Hawaii, but was also recruited by Eastern.

Personal: Born 3/3/90 in Katy, Texas. Nicknamed “gunslinger,” Bo Levi’s parents are Dwight Mitchell and Barbara Mitchell Miller. One of his older brothers, Cory, is a redshirt freshman at wide receiver for the Eagles and is a 2006 graduate of Katy High School. Their older brother, Patrick Honeycutt, also moved to Cheney to work and had a front-row seat for the title chase. Bo Levi’s mother also moved to Cheney. Eventually, his younger brother, Scooter, did as well for a short time. In his return to Frisco, Texas, for the NCAA Division I Championship game, nearly 50 family members were in attendance to watch Bo Levi win the Most Outstanding Player award and lead EWU to a come-from-behind 20-19 victory. He is an interdisciplinary liberal arts major hoping to coach collegiate football.

Year       GP          C-A         Pct.         Int-TD     Yds         Hi            Apg         Eff.
2010     15      300-505     .594        15-37     3496       337         233.1      135.8

Rushing: 2010/58-47 (long of 19).

Top Passing Performances
337 - Weber State - 23x36, 4 TD, 1 Int. - 10/2/10
302 - Delaware - 23x43, 3 TD, 1 Int. - 1/7/11
292 - Villanova - 27x38, 4 TD, 0 Int. - 12/17/10
288 - Northern Arizona - 20x26, 3 TD, 2 Int. - 10/9/10
272 - Montana State - 24x49, 1 TD, 1 Int. - 9/25/10
256 - Idaho State - 26x-38, 4 TD, 0 Int. - 11/20/10
253 - Nevada - 19x35, 2 TD, 0 Int. - 9/2/10

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