|98 Khalif Mitchell|
Another high-impact Conference USA honors candidate on the defensive line ... Provided the ECU interior front with a boost after transferring into the Pirate program from North Carolina prior to fall camp in 2006 ... Projected to open senior season as a top backup behind Jay Ross but competition for starting status will continue all year ... An intense performer who always plays at full throttle, whether in practice or on gamedays ... Quickly became a favorite with fans and media because of his outgoing personality and charisma ... Exhibits leadership skills despite short time in the program ... A preseason All-Conference USA selection by Phil Steele Magazine ... Made two stops in first spring scrimmage (3/28) but did not record statistics in second contest or Purple-Gold Game.
2007: A honorable mention All-Conference USA selection (coaches) ... Recorded 19 tackles (10 solo, nine assists) in 11 games played, which included six starts ... Had 5.5 TFLs (-24 yards) and two sacks (-20 yards) ... Notched a career-high four tackles (solo, three assists) against Marshall (11/10) ... Had one tackle and helped anchor a defensive unit that allowed just 33 rushing yards in Pirate debut at Va. Tech before following with his first career fumble recovery and a blocked PAT vs. North Carolina ... Collected three tackles (all TFLs for -16 yards) against UTEP (10/13) ... First career interception came against UCF (10/6) ... Part of a defensive unit that held four opponent to 80 yards or less rushing (VT/33, UNC/79, NCSU/49, Memphis/77) ... Also recorded three QBHs and one pass breakup ... vs. Va. Tech (9/1): Credited with one total tackle (assist) in Pirate debut ... vs. UNC (9/8): Finished game with three total tackles (two solo, assist) against former teammates ... Had one TFL (-1 yard) ... Recovered first career fumble in the fourth quarter ... Blocked Connor Barth's PAT in the third quarter ... vs. USM (9/15): Recorded first Pirate start at one of the defensive tackle positions ... Left game early due to injury and did not record any stats ... vs. WVU (9/22): Limited in action due to ankle injury ... Credited with one tackle (solo) in a reserve role ... vs. Houston (9/29): DNP-INJ ... vs. UCF (10/6): Experienced action in a reserve role ... Recorded one tackle (assist) ... Picked off first career pass in the third quarter (no return) ... Also credited with one QBH ... vs. UTEP (10/13): Started second game ... Credited with three tackles (all solo) ... All three tackles came for a loss (-16 yards) ... Picked up first sack as a Pirate in the third quarter (-14 yards) ... Also credited with one pass breakup ... vs. N.C. State (10/20): Registered one tackle (assist) in his third start ... vs. UAB (10/27): Recorded fourth career start ... Recorded two tackles (both assists) ... Had a half TFL (-1yard) ... Credited with two QBHs ... vs. Memphis (11/3): Started fifth game of the season - no stats ... Key member of defensive unit that held the Tigers to 77 rushing yards ... vs. Marshall (11/10): Recorded a career-high four stops (solo, three assists) in sixth start of the season ... Credited with one sack (-6 yards) and one TFL (-6 yards) in the first quarter ... vs. Tulane (11/24): DNJ-INJ ... vs. Boise State (12/23): Recorded three total tackles (solo) all in a reserve role ... Part of a defensive unit that held the Broncos to 98 rushing yards.
2006: Sat out the season in compliance with NCAA transfer regulations after arrival in late summer ... Contributed a noteworthy performance on the scout unit, perhaps giving ECU offensive linemen a more competitive look during the week than on Saturdays, thus credited with accelerating the young unit's development ... Earned the Rick Bankston Memorial Award as the defensive unit's top scout team player.
2005: Had 15 tackles, including nine primary stops and six assists for the Tar Heels ... Recorded 4.5 tackles for lost yardage and 1.5 sacks ... Credited with one tackle against Boston College in the Continental Tire Bowl ... Made two tackles, including a sack-and-a-half during a win at Duke ... Posted three tackles at Utah, one resulting in a one-yard loss ... Made perhaps the most important tackle of UNC's season when he stopped N.C. State's T.A. McLendon at the goal line and jarred the ball loose with just six seconds remaining in the game (Tar Heels recovered the fumble and secured a 30-24 victory over the Wolfpack) ... Made his first career start at Virginia and responded with three tackles, including a team-best two tackles for a 19-yard loss.
Prep School: Started on the defensive line at Hargrave Military Academy and helped lead the team to an 8-1 record.
High School: Started at defensive end and tight end at First Colonial High School ... Also played fullback, rushing for 68 yards on eight carries as a senior ... Played football for just two seasons after moving to Virginia from New Jersey ... Also lettered in track, competing in the shot put and discus ... Coached by Sam Scarborough.
Personal: Full name is Khalif Quadree Mitchell ... Son of Denise Mitchell and Dalton Bramuell ... Born April 7, 1985 ... Major is communications.