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Texas LB Juwan Mitchell enters the NCAA transfer portal

The junior college product entered the portal last year and eventually returned to the team, but that seems unlikely to happen twice.

NCAA Football: Texas at Oklahoma State Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Longhorns are in danger of losing the team’s leading tackler from the 2020 season after senior linebacker Juwan Mitchell entered the NCAA transfer portal on Wednesday for the second time in 14 months, according to multiple reports.

Last year, Mitchell spent several days in the transfer portal before removing his name and staying with the Longhorns.

After remaining on the Forty Acres, Mitchell lost some weight and turned in a strong season, starting eight of 10 games at middle linebacker and leading the team in tackles with 62 stops, along with 4.5 tackles for loss, one quarterback hurry, one pass breakup, and one fumble recovery.

In 2019, Mitchell started five of 11 games for Texas, recording 39 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, and four pass breakups in Todd Orlando’s defense.

Originally a late addition to the 2019 recruiting class after spending a season at Butler Community College, Mitchell had a winding recruitment that included signing with Rutgers in 2018 and committing to Minnesota before opting on joining the Texas football program.

Losing Mitchell would represent a significant hit to a linebackers room that doesn’t feature much proven depth and will be without senior DeMarvion Overshown this spring after shoulder surgery.