Mitchell dazzled fans in the first half, rushing for an 88-yard touchdown and completing a 69-yard pass on consecutive plays from scrimmage. Walker helped quarterback the White team to a 31-21 win while his classmates at Westfield High School in Spring, Texas, went to the prom.
"I think they did pretty good," Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee said. "There's a lot that goes into playing quarterback at this level in a game situation; it's different from practice."
The performance capped an emotional two weeks for Mitchell, a freshman who redshirted last fall. He missed four practices last week after the death of his uncle back home in Louisiana and when he returned to Razorback practice on Tuesday, he found himself with a lot of catching up to do.
"This week was tough mentally and physically," Mitchell said. "I didn't play football for an entire week. I was with my family and experienced all the emotional ups and downs. It was hard to get back into football and give 100 percent focus because me and my uncle were very close. Balancing football with family was real hard and the first three days I was rusty."
On his first play from scrimmage he faked a handoff to Dennis Johnson, got a block on the outside from Greg Childs and raced 88 yards untouched to give the Red team a 7-0 first quarter lead.
After the White team responded on its next possession, Mitchell came right back with a 69-yard pass play to Childs to the opposing 1-yard line. He scored two plays later on a quarterback keeper.
"On the run Jake Bequette was a lot more aggressive than he usually is," Mitchell said. "He came down the line and I thought I'd keep the ball and turn the corner because there was nobody there. It was different because in practice the play is usually blown dead.
"This scrimmage does a lot for me because it's my first real action in two years since I've been in high school. It really helped my confidence and let my teammates see what I can do in live action."
Though disappointed in the blown assignment, Bequette said he's excited about the raw talent Mitchell brings to the team.
"He's explosive," Bequette said. "It's obvious to see when a quarterback breaks a run 88 yards, it's like Matt Jones material. He's big, athletic and confident, and you kind of forget he's only been out here for less than a year. He's going to be a stud."
Like Mitchell, Walker - a midterm high school graduate who enrolled at the University of Arkansas in January - capped his first spring at Arkansas. He finished the game 6-for-11 passing for 183 yards and two touchdowns. He also made a nice play with his legs, rushing for 24 yards late in the fourth quarter to set up another White score.
"I could imagine it was harder for him just coming out of high school and having a performance like that," Mitchell said. It was a great performance for him."
Walker's 50-yard pass to Lance Ray in the first quarter was a quick response to Mitchell's long touchdown run and set up a White score.
Later he tossed a 31-yard touchdown pass to Ronnie Wingo on a wheel route late in the second quarter and gave the White team its first lead in the third on a 47-yard scoring strike to Jarius Wright before punching in the 2-point conversion on his own.
"He had a great game today," Red team quarterback Tyler Wilson said. "It will be something for him to build on."