October 13, 2008

Mitchell making progress in first season

There are not many true freshmen that Mississippi State head coach Sylvester Croom will offer a lot of praise towards.

But then again Charles Mitchell isn't your ordinary freshman.

The 5-foot-11, 196-pound safety has seen his playing time increase each week of the Bulldogs season and Croom cannot help but be pleased with the results.

"Charles is an excellent talent," Croom said. "You have to make predictions for a guy that young but he has been very, very impressive to me. That is one of the things I have talked our defensive coaches about is I want to see him on the field more. First of all, he is a very good athlete. He's smart, a very, very physical tackler and has done an excellent job for us on special teams all year. He is playing very good defense right now and he's only going to get better because he is a student of the game."

Mitchell has appeared in all six games for MSU making 12 tackles (seven solo, five assists).

"My year has been going good," Mitchell said. "It was a little bumpy at the start. It was kind of hard for me to remember the plays but now I've gotten all my plays down pat. Things are starting to come along. I've still got some work to do but it's been fun."

One of the things Mitchell admits he needs to work on the most is his pursuit angles.

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