Images from the third scrimmage of fall practice for the 2010 Wyoming Cowboys, Aug. 21.
UW This Season: A three-time letterwinner, Eric Mitchell adds depth and experience at free safety, and is a leader on UW's special teams. With 36 games of experience, he enters his senior season No. 2 on the depth chart at free safety.
2010: Mitchell played in 11 of UW's 12 games during the season as a reserve free safety and on special teams. He made two tackles at TCU.
2009: Mitchell played in all 13 games for the Cowboys as a sophomore and started his first career game on Nov. 21 as the Cowboys hosted TCU. He was the Pokes' starting strong safety versus the Horned Frogs. He recorded two solo tackles and two assists for a total of four tackles on the season. He also contributed as a member of several special teams.
2008: As a redshirt freshman, Mitchell played in all 12 games as a backup safety and as a significant special teams contributor. He recorded three assisted tackles on the season.
2007: Redshirted. His work ethic earned him Co-Scout Team Player of the Year in 2007 from his coaches and teammates.
High School: At Highlands Ranch High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo., Mitchell was a standout in both football and basketball. A three-year starter at quarterback, he earned All-State honors as a senior from the Colorado High School Coaches' Association, The Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News. He also was awarded All-Continental Conference honors at three positions -- quarterback, defensive back and punter. Mitchell led Highlands Ranch High in passing yards, rushing yards, touchdowns and interceptions as a senior. Highlands Ranch was ranked No. 12 in Colorado Class 5A his senior season. He played point guard in basketball and led Highlands Ranch in assists and steals throughout his three-year career as a starter. He helped lead his high school team to the "Sweet 16" of the state playoffs as a junior. Mitchell was voted a team captain in both sports his junior and senior seasons. During his senior year, he was selected the Highlands Ranch High School "Outstanding Athlete of the Year."
Personal: Born Sept. 30, 1988, he is one of two sons of Susie and Greg Mitchell. He is studying communications.