Perhaps no one is happier to be going through spring practice than junior-to-be cornerback Tevin Mitchel.
That's because there was a time last season when he suffered a neck injury in his team's loss to ULM - and then an ensuing gall bladder surgery - that he wondered if he would ever be able to get back into action on the gridiron.
Not only did he, but Mitchel (6-0, 192) - after missing four games - flourished late in the season and comes into the 2013 spring as pone of the old vets on the squad.
"In that situation last year, I recovered fast and I am actually blessed to be back with the Razorbacks and up on my feet," Mitchel said. "I am ready to play this new season and move forward."
Arkansas defensive backs shined in Saturday's scrimmage with a trio of interceptions from cornerbacks Carroll Washington and Ray Buchanan, Jr., as well as safety Eric Bennett.
Mitchel, fellow first-teamer Will Hines and the other defensive backs are learning a new system for the third straight year.
"It took awhile for us to understand that language of this new defense and terminology, but me and Will and the other corners have it down now," Mitchel said.
Mitchel has played in 14 games his first two seasons with 14 starts with recording 90 tackles, five pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and one interception.
"I really think this is going to be my breakout year," Mitchel said.
Mitchel, who arrived on campus as a true freshman weighing 163 pounds, added five pounds this off-season and is now at 192.
All of the Razorbacks are being pushed by new strength and conditioning coach Ben Herbert.
"I am getting used to it, feeling better with the weight," Mitchel said. "…Coach Herbert has us working in the weight room hard."
Washington has made an impression on Mitchel, who is being backed up by Buchanan.
"He has been going on Will's side and he is a very competitive guy," Mitchel said. "He comes in and he works hard and knows the game of football."
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