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2016 SMU Football Player Profile: Kyran Mitchell

Demo breaks down SMU linebacker Kyran Mitchell in the latest Pony Stampede Player Profile.


Position: Linebacker
Size: 6-0, 221
Year: Sophomore (1 year letterman)
High School: Lamar High School (Tex.)
Hometown: Houston, Texas


Kyran Mitchell was two-star recruit out of Lamar, but was named District 20-5A MVP his senior season after recording 104 total tackles, 17 for a loss. He chose SMU over an offer from New Mexico.      

2015 Recap

Mitchell played in eight games and stated in four last season. In those eight games he tallied up 40 tackles, 4.5 for a loss and even picked off a pass against East Carolina.

And yet, while he only played in eight games, he still managed to finish as SMU’s fourth leading tackler—beating out nearly twenty other Mustangs who registered 20 or more tackles.

Grade: B-

Outlook in 2016

The Mustangs allowed 3,340 rushing yards and 40 rushing touchdowns in 2015. SMU desperately needs a better showing from its front seven in 2016 and Mitchell could be a big part of that.

Based on his average total number of tackles per game last season, Mitchell projected to have 60 stops over 12 games last season which would’ve had him finishing second on the team behind Justin Lawler’s 64.

Even without a full season’s body of work, Mitchell joins Lawler as being one of SMU’s top two returners on defense (when it comes to tackles). 

With another offseason under his belt and the prospect of a full season, Mitchell could have a huge sophomore season for the Mustangs. 

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