Basil Mitchell (American football)
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|Date of birth||September 7, 1975|
|Place of birth||Pittsburg, Texas, USA|
|1999–2000||Green Bay Packers|
A 4-year letterman at Mount Pleasant High School, Basil Mitchell ran for over 1,650 yards and 30 touchdowns during his senior campaign. This performance warranted recognition from several division I universities. He enrolled at TCU in 1994 and in two years was already their #1 running back. Basil is one of only 9 Horned Frogs to eclipse the 2,500 yard mark. He finished out his days as a Horned Frog with 2,783 yards which puts him at #6 all time. He had 12 career 100 yard rushing games, and is one of three Horned Frogs to have multiple 200 yard games, which came against UNLV in 1996 (220 yards) and Tulsa, also in '96 (215 yards). The two other members of the multiple 200 yard club are LaDainian Tomlinson with 8 and Kenneth Davis with 3.
During Mitchell's senior season at TCU, the Horned Frogs' feature running back helped the team earn a trip to the 1998 Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas in a matchup against Carson Palmer and the highly touted USC Trojans. Mitchell led the 'Frogs with 185 yards and 2 TD's earning honors as the 1998 Norwest Sun Bowl MVP and his effort helped to give TCU their first bowl game victory since 1957, beating USC 28-19. Mitchell finished the season with 1,100 yards rushing, and led the country in yards per carry with a 6.7 average.
The 5'-10", 200 pound Mitchell was acquired by the Packers as a free agent on April 19, 1999. He played in 1999 and 2000. He played in 16 games in 1999. He had 29 rush attempts for 117 yards. That makes for an average of 4 yards per rush attempt. He also had six receptions for 48 yards. Next season, Mitchell only played one game and had two rush attempts for eight yards.
In 2000, Mitchell was drafted for the single season XFL by the Memphis Maniax, but never played in the league due to the team using former Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam as the running back instead.
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