#5 Josh Mitchell
Position: Cornerback
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 155
Year: Sophomore
City/State: Corona, Calif.
High School: Eleanor Roosevelt
Experience: High School
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Honors & Awards
» Academic All-Big Ten (2012, 2013)
» Two-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
» Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2010)

2014 Outlook
Senior Josh Mitchell has been a key part of the Nebraska secondary each of the past two seasons, working as one of the Huskers’ top cornerbacks. This season, Mitchell’s role will grow, as he will be looked to for leadership on the Blackshirt defense, as well as continuing his ball-hawking presence in the secondary.

The 5-11, 160-pound Mitchell makes up for any size disadvantages with his good speed, toughness and a tenacious attitude. He was one of three cornerbacks who took the majority of the snaps in 2013, but is the lone returnee among that group. Mitchell’s play in 2013 helped Nebraska rank among the Big Ten’s top pass defenses. The Huskers finished third in the Big Ten in opponent pass completion percentage, and allowed only eight touchdown passes in conference games.

Mitchell is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection off the field. A communications studies major, Mitchell is on track to earn his degree in December.

2013 (Junior)
Mitchell played in all 13 games and made six starts at cornerback. He finished with 31 total tackles, including 23 solo stops, and added four tackles for loss. He was responsible for a pair of takeaways with an interception and fumble recovery against Georgia in the Gator Bowl. Mitchell was second on the team with six pass breakups.

He had a season-high five tackles against both Wyoming and Southern Miss in the season’s first two games, including a career-high three tackles for loss against the Golden Eagles. He also had a sack on a Cowboy two-point conversion attempt. Mitchell closed non-conference play with four and three tackles, respectively, against UCLA and South Dakota State.

Mitchell had a total of 12 tackles during Big Ten play, including three tackles against Minnesota and Penn State and two each against Michigan and Michigan State. He had breakups against Purdue, Northwestern and Michigan.

He closed the year with a strong effort against Georgia. Mitchell had two tackles and his two takeaways in Georgia territory each resulted in Husker touchdowns in NU’s 24-19 win.

2012 (Sophomore)
Mitchell played in 13 games and made eight starts. He finished with 28 tackles, including 20 solo stops, while adding a pair of tackles for loss and a sack. Mitchell had five pass breakups and nabbed his first career interception against Idaho State. Mitchell also had a fumble caused for the Huskers against Arkansas State.

Mitchell made his first career sack in the opener against Southern Miss. He made seven tackles against a high-powered Arkansas State offense and also forced a fumble in the game. Mitchell had his first career interception, a pass breakup and two tackles against Idaho State.

In the Big Ten opener against Wisconsin, Mitchell had a career-high eight tackles, including six solo stops and a tackle for loss. Mitchell had four tackles against Ohio State and tied his career high with two pass breakups against Minnesota.

2011 (Redshirt Freshman)
Mitchell played in eight games and started at corner against Washington. He had five tackles, all against Washington, including two solo stops. He added one pass breakup.

2010 (Redshirt)
Mitchell redshirted during his first season in the NU program.

Before Nebraska (Eleanor Roosevelt HS)
Mitchell had an impressive 2009 campaign, recording 41 tackles and five interceptions from his cornerback position. A versatile performer, Mitchell added a pair of punt returns for touchdowns, helping the Mustangs to an 8-3 record. His play as a senior earned Mitchell first-team All-Big VIII honors.

A four-year starter for Coach Bill Stacy at Eleanor Roosevelt High, Mitchell had 74 tackles and an interception in 2008. He finished his career with 14 total interceptions. Mitchell was ranked among the top 55 cornerback prospects in the country by Rivals and among the top 150 players in California. Mitchell also visited Colorado State and UTEP and had several other offers.

Josh is the son of Gwenn Church and Mario Mitchell and was born on Jan. 7, 1993. He is majoring in communication studies and was named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll in 2010 and the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the spring 2012 and 2013 semesters. He has volunteered time with Uplifting Athletes, Husker Heroes, Husker Hotline, NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 and hospital and school visits.

Mitchell's Career Statistics























2010           Redshirt          
2011 8/1 2 3 5 0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0
2012 13/8 21 8 29 2-6 1.0-1 1-0 0 5 1 0
2013 13/6 23 8 31 4-7 0.0-0 0-1 0 6 0 2
Total 34/15 46 19 65 6-13 1.0-1 1-1 0 12 1 2

Single-Game Highs
» Tackles -
8 vs. Wisconsin (2012)
» Solo Tackles - 6 vs. Wisconsin (2012)
» Tackles for Loss - 3 vs. Southern Miss (2013)

» Pass Breakups - 2, vs. Idaho State (2012), vs. Minnesota (2012)
» Interceptions- 1 vs. Idaho State (2012)

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