Arkansas senior quarterback Brandon Mitchell is one of four players that will transfer away from the Razorback football program, Razorback head football coach Bret Bielema announced today.
Mitchell, along with senior defensive linemen Austin Flynn, sophomore safety Defonta Lowe, and junior wide receiver Keante Minor were all granted a release from their scholarships on Monday.
From the announcement:
After concluding post-spring meetings with every member of our team, Austin Flynn, Defonta Lowe, Keante Minor and Brandon Mitchell have been granted their release from the University of Arkansas football program. Through meetings with these student-athletes, a determination was made that it would be mutually beneficial for them to pursue their goals elsewhere. Brandon is on track to earn his degree this summer and utilize the NCAA graduate transfer exception to play immediately this fall. We fully support them and wish them all the best moving forward.
Mitchell finished spring practice behind sophomore Brandon Allen on the depth chart in the race to become the starting quarterback under new head coach Bielema.
Flynn did not participate in spring workouts after being arrested on DWI charges back in February. Lowe also did not participate in workouts this spring.
Minor struggled to contribute after being moved from wide receiver to running back under the new coaching staff during spring workouts.
Mitchell played in eight games and made three starts at wide receiver in 2012. He caught 17 passes for 272 yards, rushed six times for 18 yards and was 2-of-8 passing for 45 yards and one touchdown last season.