Spurs Up Blog recently caught up with former Gamecock quarterback, Blake Mitchell, at Thursday's practice at the Bluff Road practice fields.
Mitchell served as the first quarterback at Carolina under head coach Steve Spurrier from 2005-07. Mitchell is the only quarterback in Gamecock history to defeat Clemson, Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida during his career.
What are you up to now?
Well, I actually just moved back to Columbia. I have been in Greenville (S.C.) for the last two years. I just took a job doing sales for Waste Industries, Inc., and started that on Monday. I am really looking forward to getting into that. It is definitely a good job and a good opportunity for me. It is definitely good to get back to Columbia, and get around some people I know.
What is your fondest memory as a Gamecock?
Whew...wow... well there are several great memories. That is a tough one, for me. I guess I would get in trouble if I didn't say beating Clemson. Beating Georgia in Athens was a big one as well. Beating Tennessee as well was a big one. It is a really tough call, but I would say beating Clemson at Clemson was huge for me.
You are the only quarterback in Gamecock history to beat Clemson, Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida over the course of your career. What does that mean to you?
It means I had a lot of help around me. It means we had some great players because we really had some talent those years.
Of those talented players, who was your favorite to play with?
Wow, I guess that would have to be Sidney Rice. He made my job a heck of a lot easier. Really easy.
What is it like coming back here to practice, and not being a player anymore?
Oh, I just like to get out here and see what they are doing. It is a little different. It can be a little tough on you. You always wish you were out here.
What do you think of all the new facilities on campus now? Such as the Dodie Anderson Academic Enrichment Center, the new locker rooms, etc.
It is really first class. It's great. It should really help us in recruiting and in all aspects of the program.
Do you wish they had all these new facilities when you were here?
[Laughing] Yeah, it is really nice. I guess they wanted to wait till I got out of here to build the new stuff. That was probably what they were going for.