2010 HIGHLIGHTS: College free agent was released under the “waived/injured” category on Aug. 22, and reverted to Bengals Reserve/Injured list on Aug. 24 … Suffered knee injury Aug. 15 vs. Denver.
COLLEGE: Agile lineman who entered junior college ranks as a TE, Mitchell contributed to powerhouse offenses in each of his two seasons (2008-09) at Oklahoma State … Helped Cowboys post consecutive 9-4 records, with berths in Holiday Bowl (’08 season) and Cotton Bowl (’09 season) … Began last season as starting RG, and replaced injured Brady Bond as starting RT for the final four games … Part of an offense that averaged 28.4 points, 187.8 rushing yards and 367.2 net yards per game … Aided pass protection that allowed only 11 sacks … Played as a backup T in 2008, for offense that averaged 40.8 points, 245.5 rushing yards and 487.7 net yards per game … In 2006-07, attended Snow Junior College (Ephraim, Utah), where he was a first-team All-America selection at T in ’07 by JC Gridwire and the NJCAA … Began college career in 2003 at Dixie CC (St. George, Utah), playing TE … Did not play in 2004-05 while on Mormon Church mission … Redshirted at Snow JC in 2006 due to injury.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Choctaw, Okla. … Attended Choctaw High School … Journalism/broadcasting major at Oklahoma State … Signed Bengals contract on 4-30-10.
The Bengals ended up with the best of both worlds as the core of a young team that has made it to three straight playoffs begins to mix with some new blood. In 2012 they were the youngest AFC team to make the playoffs with an average NFL years of experience at 4.08. It rose to 4.22 last year and is now at 4.39. But the average age dipped ever so slightly, from 26.4 years old last year to 25.96 in 2014.