"Me and Tyler joked right after the spring game about being on the field at the same time," Mitchell said. "We always throw together before practices and he is always talking about my soft hands.
"But once we got back (from break) Tyler went to Coach Paul (Petrino) and talked about it with him and he came back and told me it was okay," Mitchell added.
So all of a sudden Mitchell (6-4, 230) became a slash – quarterback/wide receiver.
"I'm just making plays," Mitchell said. "I think every playmaker and every athlete just wants the ball in his hands."
Mitchell has impressed his teammates with his added position.
"He is just so athletic," wideout Cobi Hamilton said. "He is just so naturally gifted. He can go out there and throw the ball or catch a post. Not a lot of people around the country can do that. It's great to have that kind of special player on our team for what is going to be a special season."
Wilson is happy for an added target.
"He is a guy that sits right next to me in the quarterback room every single day," Wilson said. "So I am comfortable with him. I know he is a competitor. He is not only good at football, he's good at basketball. He is a great athlete. That is something that he brings to the table so he could play a number of positions for us."
Junior wideout Julian Horton is looking forward to seeing how Mitchell comes along.
"He is a big target," Herndon said. "As he learns the position more and more, he is just going to get better and better. I am ready to see what he is going to do because he is such a great athlete."
Tight end Chris Gragg and running back Ronnie Wingo were also seeing some wide receiver time on Thursday.
"We have never had this at Arkansas – so much versatility," Gragg said. "We got quarterbacks playing receiver, running backs playing receiver, I'm playing tight end and receiver. It is just a lot of weapons and hopefully that is to our advantage when the season comes."
Mitchell admits it does take some getting used to right now.
"I don't necessarily feel at home out there yet, but I am enjoying playing a little slot receiver," Mitchell said. "It's been enjoyable getting reps at both quarterback and wide receiver. It's been something different."
But being a quarterback has prepared Mitchell for this new role.
"It's something that really has helped me a lot," Mitchell said. "I know where to line up from being a quarterback going on four years now. I know where the depth of the routes is supposed to be.
"There were a couple of times today that I was able to see the blitz before the quarterback because you can see everything out there at wide receiver," Mitchell added. "You can see the whole field. I can help Tyler out. It will help the offense run even more smoothly."
Mitchell made it clear he isn't interested in becoming a full-time wideout.
"In no way am I thinking about switching my position," Mitchell said. "It is just something to get me on the field right now and to build trust in guys and let them get faith in me.
"Sometimes you can be a leader behind Tyler, but you have to get out there and make plays to get guys to know where you are really coming from," Mitchell added. "You can show them you are working every day out there in the trenches with them."
Mitchell was a power forward for the basketball team last season.
What's next? Maybe shortstop on the baseball team?
"We did joke about baseball a couple of times when we were by Coach (Paul) Petrino's house and batting in his cage," Mitchell said. "We joked about it, but I am just sticking to football right now."