Dallas Colleges: Bo Levi Mitchell

Bo Levi Mitchell finds redemption, title

January, 7, 2011

FRISCO, Texas -- Bo Levi Mitchell found his redemption in leading Eastern Washington to victory over Delaware, 20-19, in the FCS Championship at Pizza Hut Park and earning himself Most Outstanding Player honors.

Despite his rather forgettable exit from Dallas-Fort Worth -- he transferred from SMU after being replaced as the starting quarterback because of injury and a 3-4 start last season -- Mitchell had nothing but thanks for those who brought him back Friday night, including Mustangs coach June Jones.

Bo Levi Mitchell
AP Photo/LM OteroBo Levi Mitchell let his receivers do the work in a second-half rally for the FCS title in Frisco.
"Thank you to everyone who got me here and taught me how to do what I do," Mitchell said.

Mitchell led his team on a 63-yard drive for a touchdown on a 9-yard pass, putting his team up by one point after the extra point and leaving just over two minutes for Delaware to respond.

The Eagles defense held on fourth down on their own 39, forcing a turnover on downs and sealing the win for the team and the award for the quarterback.

"We came out as a team to do what we had to do," Mitchell said. "In the second half, the receivers just turned it up. They did everything they've been doing all year and that's making plays. My balls weren't perfect. They weren't. They made plays and did what they had to do, and we won the game because of them."

Mitchell finished the game 29-of 43 for 302 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. However, he struggled with his accuracy all night and especially in the first half, completing just six for 36 yards in the period.

The native of Katy, Texas, said that accuracy has never been his strong suit as a quarterback.

"It's huge to be able to rely on your receivers like that," Mitchell said. "I can put the ball in a five-foot radius and they're going to make that catch."

But Mitchell made the perfect pass when it counted with minutes remaining. Before the touchdown play, Mitchell changed Brandon Kaufman's route at the line, even though the receiver was being covered by two defenders. The 9-yard pass was high, over the hands of both defenders and into the reaching arms of Kaufman in the back of the end zone on the tail end of the post route.

Kaufman, who wears No. 1, was quick to give the quarterback credit where it was due.

"He did put the ball in the perfect spot," Kauman said. "Hit me right in the 1. I don't even have two numbers and he hit it."

After proving to Texas that he can be a winner, taking a national championship and a Most Outstanding Player award while he was at it, the sky is the limit for Mitchell. However, he said he will stay in the Big Sky Conference and try to win another title for the Eagles on the school's red turf.

"But with the guys we've got coming back, offense, defense, everything, it's going to be a lot of fun, and I plan on being back here next year," Mitchell said.

Travis L. Brown covers high school sports for ESPNDallas.com.

Jones, SMU stocked with signal callers

December, 24, 2009
June Jones' run-and-shoot offense demands both a talented and intelligent quarterback to run the scheme, which can be complicated and difficult to pick up. Jones ran this offense in the NFL and it's basically the same stuff he's implemented at SMU.

That true freshman quarterback Kyle Padron out of Southlake Carroll was able to take over for the injured Bo Levi Mitchell at the end of October and succeed like he has is a testament to Padron and Jones. Padron stepped in to complete 103-of-160 passes (64.4 percent) with eight touchdowns and four interceptions. His QB efficiency rating is an eye-popping 152.63, which is why he never relinquished the position.

Padron leads SMU against Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl at 7 p.m. today. The game is on ESPN. It's SMU's first bowl appearance since 1984.

"I hadn’t really planned on it," Padron said of starting as a true freshman. "Unfortunately when Bo went down in Houston I got my chance. Ever since then they gave me the job and I’m looking forward to the game in Hawaii, obviously, and then continuing my career."

Padron said he probably surprised others more than himself.

"I knew my abilities," he said.

Still, it seems Padron won't be guaranteed the starting job next season. Jones has a stable of quarterbacks on campus and he'll add highly touted passer Steve Kaiser out of St. Louis next year.

"Well, I think he [Padron] certainly has a jump on it," Jones said of starting next season. "I think we’ve got probably three guys on campus that have the potential to start, J.J. McDermott, himself and Bo. And we’re adding a kid next year that is a pretty exciting quarterback, too. I think we’ve got that position covered for the next five years anyway."

And that's exciting news for SMU fans.