Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson
SMU sophomore quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell has lost 21 pounds during the past couple weeks while nursing an ulcer, which SMU originally thought was an intestinal virus.
“He was finally eating last Thursday for the first time in about two weeks,” coach June Jones said. “He was struggling through, but didn't miss anything. He was able to hold food down last Thursday, so we'll give him a couple of weeks to gain it back.”
Mitchell is currently on medication for the ulcer and is not expected to miss Saturday’s game against TCU.
Mitchell is in his second season as starter. He ranks eighth in the country in total offense completing 91-of-149 passes for 979 yards and six touchdowns. However, he’s also thrown eight interceptions, which is tied for the most among starters with BYU’s Max Hall, Tennessee’s Jonathan Crompton and San Diego State’s Ryan Lindley.
Last season, Mitchell led the nation with 23 interceptions.
Jones said Mitchell’s illness is not an excuse for his lack of ball security.
“Playing the position of quarterback, you've got to deal with all that,” Jones said. “Doesn't matter if it's mental or physical -- both -- that's part of the job description. Everybody's got to do it if you want to play quarterback in D-I or quarterback in the NFL. You've got to fight through all that stuff.”