Brian Mitchell Recommended To Guide Tiger Cornerbacks
Jan. 18, 2010
MEMPHIS, TENN. - University of Memphis head football coach Larry Porter continues to structure a staff of veteran assistants as he announced today he will recommend former Texas Tech assistant Brian Mitchell to serve as the Tigers' cornerbacks coach.
Mitchell, a native of Waco, Texas, who spent 11 seasons as a defensive assistant at BYU, most recently served four seasons as the cornerbacks coach under Mike Leach at Texas Tech.
The Red Raiders have been solid at the corners each of the last four seasons under Mitchell. Jamar Wall led the corners with 62 tackles and two interceptions in 2008. His biggest pick was a game-saving interception in overtime against Nebraska on Tech's homecoming. Wall was named to the All-Big 12 second team in 2009, and ranked second in the league and tied for second nationally with 17 passes defended.
The Texas Tech pass defense ranked best in the Big 12 Conference in 2006 and 2007, limiting opponents to 188.4 yards per game in 2007 - the only Big 12 program to hold opponents below 200 yards per game. The Texas Tech defense didn't skip a beat during his first season in 2006 as Red Raider corners picked four of the team's 11 interceptions. Starters Antonio Huffman and Chris Parker snagged two each as the Red Raider pass defense ranked first in the Big 12 Conference. Parker, in his first season as a starter in the secondary, blossomed under Mitchell and posted 50 tackles and six pass breakups.
Following a brief career in the NFL, Mitchell returned to his alma mater, BYU, and earned a degree in clinical social work in 1994, before landing a position as defensive backs coach the following year on legendary collegiate coach LaVell Edwards' staff.
Mitchell had an outstanding career in 11 seasons with the Cougars, helping guide the team to five bowl appearances and a high ranking of No. 5 at the conclusion of the 1996 season. The Cougars played in the Cotton Bowl that season, knocking off Kansas State, 19-15. Additionally, the 1994 (18th) and 2001 (24th) teams finished among the top 25. In his second year with the program, BYU won back-to-back Western Athletic Conference championships, including in 1996 when the team went 14-1.
Mitchell played at BYU from 1987-90 and was a seventh-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 1991. He spent three seasons in the NFL, splitting time with Atlanta and the Dallas Cowboys. The All-WAC cornerback played in four bowls while at BYU and ran the opening leg of BYU's All-American 400M relay team. Mitchell still holds the BYU record for longest interception return, a 97-yard effort against New Mexico in 1989. His 13 career interceptions ranks in a fifth-place tie on the school lists, while his five picks in 1989 was a season high.