Days after sophomore linebacker Ayodele Adeoye was ruled out for spring practice due to a foot injury, the Texas Longhorns suffered a bigger blow at the position when news broke that junior Juwan Mitchell entered the NCAA transfer portal.
The 6’1`, 240-pounder appeared in 11 games for Texas in 2018, starting against West Virginia, Oklahoma, and TCU. With 39 tackles, Mitchell finished seventh on the team in that category, and added 3.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, and four passes broken up.
There were concerns about Mitchell’s future, however, when he was the only player to leave the field before the Eyes of Texas following the win over Texas Tech to finish the regular season. Then, in the Alamo Bowl, former walk-on linebacker Cort Jaquess started over Mitchell, who did end up playing significant snaps and recorded five tackles.
It wasn’t enough to keep Mitchell in the program, though, as he’s now third linebacker from the 2019 recruiting class to leave the football program, joining Caleb Johnson (transfer) and De’Gabriel Floyd (medical retirement).
Other than junior Jospeh Ossai and sophomore Byron Vaughns, the hybrid linebackers, and former walk ons, Texas will have only two scholarship linebackers on campus for spring practice. The 2020 class currently boats two linebackers, as well, but the coaching staff will now have to scramble to find a late addition like Mitchell was last season or land a graduate transfer at the position to add depth.
The other option is to spin down one of the many safeties on the roster, like junior DeMarvion Overshown or safety Tyler Owens.