Normally, Oregon likes to see some film of high school players in their senior season, but they can’t afford for five-star running back Joe Mixon get into his senior season without a scholarship.
Who is Joe Mixon and why is he already garnering so much notoriety before his senior campaign?
His size is impressive as he stands at 6-foot-2, weighing in over 205 pounds; this makes Mixon a perfect college running back even before he comes to college.
Mixon plays on both sides of the ball (running back and outside linebacker), but is going to find a home as a running back at the college level.
Last season as a junior, Mixon racked up 1,443 yards on just 201 carries with 28 total touchdowns. His most impressive game came September 21, where he carried the ball 23 times for 188 yards and four touchdowns.
Mixon has shown the explosion and the moves to be very successful at the next level. I compare Mixon to former Oregon Duck Kenjon Barner, yet Mixon has the ability to return kicks/punts with much greater success than Barner ever did.
One of Mixon’s best attributes are his high yards-per-carry average during his two seasons as a starter. Last year he averaged 7.18 yards per carry, which was an improvement from his sophomore season where he averaged 6.63 yards.
Mixon’s career best game came when he was a sophomore where he gained 262 yards on 33 carries and 3 touchdowns.
Over the past two seasons he has only needed 372 carries to go over 2,500 yards — numbers that he could double this coming season.
Mixon is a name to follow this summer/prep football season, as Oregon would love to have him on their list of 2014 incoming freshman.