September 25, 2009

Mitchell making an impact at safety

No newcomer had a bigger impact in 2008 than safety Charles Mitchell.

The former four-star prospect and Gatorade Player of the Year has played in every game during his time at Mississippi State and took over the starting role at strong safety this season.

The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder played in 12 games as a true freshman making 31 tackles and batted away one pass gaining invaluable experience that he is putting to use now.

"(Playing last year) was exciting for me," Mitchell said. "I'm a lot more comfortable on the field. I wasn't really too nervous last year because I was excited about playing. It helped me out as far as the atmosphere of the game with the crowd, when you're down to keep fighting. I've got all of that in me now."

Mitchell even earned his way onto the field in the secondary despite having three seniors at his position. But now that Keith Fitzhugh, Derek Pegues and De'Mon Glanton have graduated and moved on, Mitchell inherited the starting role.

"It was fun having them around," Mitchell said. "I think about them every now and then but they are gone and doing what they are doing. We're still here trying to win an SEC Championship."

Mitchell also took over a leadership role on defense regardless of being just his second year with the Bulldogs.

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