While we still have yet to see how effective first-year NC State Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren can be leading a team at the BCS-level, one thing can almost be claimed as a certainty. He’ll have three viable options to choose from as it pertains to who will lead his fast-paced offense this season.
Per ESPN’s Joe Schad on Monday, former Arkansas QB Brandon Mitchell has decided to transfer to the Raleigh-based ACC school to finish out his collegiate playing career. Mitchell is expected to finish up his degree from Arkansas shortly, thus making him eligible immediately to join NC State and compete for the QB job right off the bat.
Mitchell has appeared in 21 games in his NCAA career. As a quarterback, the senior has amassed 332 total passing yards with two touchdowns. He’s also rushed for 75 yards and two scores.
Following the recent spring practices, Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema announced that Brandon Allen would be the starter in Fayetteville and Mitchell decided that he would like to explore his options elsewhere. With Michigan, UAB, Louisiana Tech, and Northwestern State among other schools being considered by the 6-4, 239-pound signal caller, it seems ultimately that NC State was the best fit for the senior.
Dave Doeren will now find himself in quite the interesting situation for the upcoming season, albeit not necessarily a bad one. With a battle already expected to be waged this summer between Pete Thomas and Manny Stocker, adding the athletic Mitchell to that mix will give the Wolfpack another viable option under center.
Neiter Thomas nor Stocker played themselves out of contention during the spring, so adding someone with the obvious potential of Mitchell to that mix can never be a bad thing. Competition makes everyone step their game up, and in the end, that could do nothing but benefit Dave Doeren and staff in their first season.