Quarterback who enters his final season as a candidate for all-league consideration... ranks seventh in the Carolina record books with 4,245 career passing yards... is the SEC's top returning quarterback in career completion percentage (61.2 percent), which is also the best mark in school history... ranks seventh in pass attempts (539), seventh in pass completions (330) and tied for fifth in touchdown passes (28) in Carolina history... shared the Joe Morrison Award as the Offensive Player of the Spring with Kenny McKinley... owns an 11-6 record in 17 games as a starter.
2006: Started the first two games before being benched in favor of Syvelle Newton... came off the bench for the second half against Arkansas in Game 9 after not throwing a pass in the previous four contests and responded by completing 15-of-21 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns... the performance earned him the start at Florida... nearly flawless against the Gators, completing 24-of-33 passes for 275 yards... had his biggest day statistically versus Middle Tennessee, completing 21-of-28 passes for 388 yards and four touchdowns against the Blue Raiders... finished the regular season by hitting 23-of-36 passes for 268 yards against Clemson... continued his hot play in the Liberty Bowl by completing 19-of-29 passes for 323 yards and four touchdowns in the win over Houston, earning game MVP honors... completed 135-of-202 passes overall (66.8 percent) for 1,789 yards with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions... was 102-for-147 (69.4 percent) for 1,467 yards and 10 TDs over the final 18 quarters... given the Weight Room Effort Award for the offense during spring drills.
2005: Started 11 of 12 games as a redshirt sophomore... named the starter early in fall camp and was unchallenged all season... completed 186-of-315 passes (59.0 percent) for 2,370 yards... threw 17 touchdowns with 12 interceptions... ranked seventh in passing yards, tied for fourth in pass attempts, seventh in pass completions and fifth in touchdown passes in the Carolina single season record book... ranked sixth in pass efficiency, fourth in passing yards per game and fourth in total offense among SEC quarterbacks... completed 18-of-23 passes for 330 yards and three TDs against UCF in his first career start, logging season highs in yards and touchdown passes... it was the second most yards passing in a season-opener in school history, behind only Steve Taneyhill's 405-yard performance against Georgia in 1994... also set a record for the most passing yards by a USC quarterback in his first career start... suffered a high left ankle sprain in the win over Troy... missed the Auburn game with the injury but returned against Kentucky and completed 23-of-34 passes for 277 yards and two scores... completed 22-of-36 passes for 242 yards and two TDs in the win at Tennessee... longest completion was a 64-yarder to Sidney Rice against Florida.
2004: Reserve quarterback who saw action in five games... completed 9-of-22 passes for 86 yards and one touchdown with three interceptions... his touchdown pass was a 17-yarder to tight end Andy Boyd vs. Ole Miss... most extensive action came at Kentucky when starting quarterback Syvelle Newton went down with an ankle sprain... in that game, he completed 2-of-7 passes for 10 yards with two interceptions... also had five rushes for 28 yards, including a long gain of 13 yards, against the Wildcats.
2003: Talented quarterback prospect who was redshirted as a true freshman... coaching staff contemplated taking his redshirt off the week after the Georgia game but opted to give him a season of growth and maturity.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from LaGrange (Ga.) High School in 2003... played for Coach Steve Pardue... completed 81-of-133 passes for 1,553 yards and 17 touchdowns while throwing only three interceptions his senior season... One of EA Sports Elite 11 quarterbacks... led his team to the Class AAA State championship his junior year... rated the #7 quarterback prospect in the nation by SuperPrep and the #10 quarterback prospect in the nation by Tom Lemming... rated the #55 prospect in the country by Rivals.com.
PERSONAL: Lewis Blake Mitchell was born Sept. 23, 1984... majoring in history... has a 37.5-inch vertical leap... brother, Jay, was a pitching prospect in the Colorado Rockies' organization but gave up on his baseball aspirations to play collegiate basketball... will play at Kennesaw State this fall after spending a year at Texas Tech.