Oregon Ducks corner back Terrance Mitchell, a redshirt junior from Luther Burbank High School (Sacramento, California), enters his fourth season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Mitchell was a highly touted two-way star playing a De’Anthony Thomas-type role. He finished with 2,360 total yards on 106 rushes and 48 catches as a junior and received plenty of attention from Division 1 programs. He was honored as first-team All-Metro cornerback and Metro League Offensive MVP in 2008 and 2009 respectively.
In 2010, Mitchell enrolled early and nearly won out a starting spot at corner back as a true freshman. Mitchell appeared in the 2010 Oregon Spring Game for the Ducks, returning an interception 46 yards for a touchdown and had five tackles. He eventually redshirted the season, but was a major contributor on the scout team.
In 2011, Mitchell started 12-of-14 games for the Ducks including the season opener against LSU. Mitchell finished the season with 45 tackles (26 unassisted, 19 assisted), 3.0 tackles for loss, 12 pass deflections, three forced fumbles, one recovery and two interceptions. He was also called in for special teams, returning one kick for 24 yards. The biggest moment of his career came in the 2012 Rose Bowl when he punched loose a late fumble against Wisconsin to help give the Ducks’ a 45-38 victory.
In 2012, Mitchell started all 13 games at left corner and quickly established himself as one of the Pac-12’s top defensive backs. Mitchell recorded 40 tackles (22 unassisted, 18 assisted) and had eight pass deflections. He also earned honorable mention All-Conference for his impressive season.
Mitchell saw limited action in the 2013 Oregon Spring Game, making way for the youngsters to shine. He finished with one solo tackle. It was his first Spring Game without recording an interception.
In 2013, Mitchell will be in line for an All-American type season. Should he have another big year, there’s no reason to think he’ll return to the Ducks. He may instead take his talents to the NFL.