Derrick Mitchell, Jr. was a member of Iowa's running back committee in 2015 and 2016, although he was kind of the forgotten man much of the time. He rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries in 2015, although that was fifth-most on the team, behind Jordan Canzeri, LeShun Daniels, Akrum Wadley, and C.J. Beathard. His best game came against Northwestern that year, when he ran for 79 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. Even then he was overshadowed, though -- that was Wadley's breakout game, as he ran for 204 yards and four touchdowns.
Mitchell played far less last year; injuries limited him to five games, two carries, and 12 yards. He was also an option for Iowa out of the backfield, catching six passes for 24 yards last year and 15 receptions for 141 yards in 2015. With Daniels graduating after the 2016 season, it seemed like Mitchell would be in line for more playing time this year, but it still didn't come as a huge surprise when he decided to transfer before his senior season. He wound up at the University of Incarnate Word, an FCS school in Texas and today he pulled off this spectacular 74-yard touchdown run in UIW's 33-24 win over Lamar.
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HOT. DAMN. Get some, Derrick Mitchell!
The win was UIW's first of the season, ending a five-game skid to start the season. Mitchell has led the Cardinals in rushing this year with 503 yards and six touchdowns on 85 carries. Things didn't entirely work out for Mitchell at Iowa, but we hope he's able to finish his college career on a high note at UIW. A few more runs like that sure won't hurt.