Mitchell eager for LSU

At least one Vol football player is hoping to heal extra quickly this week.

Linebacker Jason Mitchell, who had a streak of 14 consecutive starts snapped last weekend at Florida because of a sore knee, no doubt hopes to be at full strength when Tennessee plays LSU Saturday night at Baton Rouge.

A native of Abbeville, La., Mitchell grew up among LSU fans and was heavily recruited by the Tigers coming out of high school four years ago. That makes this game extra special for him.

"I can't wait to go back there," he said recently. "I haven't been to a Tigers game since I was being recruited.

"It'll feel good to hear the old ‘Duh, duh, duh, duh … Go Tigers!' " he added, grinning broadly as he recited the distinctive rallying cry of LSU fans.

Mitchell played sparingly last week against Florida because of a nagging knee injury but still recorded two tackles. Redshirt freshman Jerod Mayo, who started in his place, also recorded two stops. Because this game means to much to Mitchell, he'll probably be back in the lineup for the LSU game. He has another reason to be excited about playing in Death Valley, though.

"Back in the day my brother (Brandon Mitchell of Texas A&M) had the best game of his career there," Jason recalled. "Hopefully, I can have my best game, too."

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