One of the biggest recruits from USF’s 2010 signing class was Hillsborough’s CB Terrence Mitchell. He showcased his talents right away upon arriving at USF and earned playing time as a true freshman. Although, he came in as cornerback, Mitchell also played on offense in high school and the coaching staff was able to utilize his athleticism at punt returner where he earned the starting nod. Mitchell was an outstanding performer at punt returner en route to earning Freshman All American honors.
Roughly about half way through last season, the coaching staff made the decision to move Mitchell full time to wide receiver to take advantage of his speed and athletic skills and showed a glimpse of what he can do when he took a wide receiver reverse for a 67 yard touchdown run. USFNation caught up with Mitchell to see how his spring is going and how the transition from CB to WR has been.
Since you made the made the switch from cornerback to receiver last year, how has that been going for you this spring?
It’s going real well, I’m learning and feeling a lot more comfortable at receiver than I did in the fall last year. I’m a lot more comfortable now.
Coming in as a DB, does that help you in understanding the receiver role a bit more?
It does help me out. Knowing what coverages the defenses are in, knowing how to run my routes and what techniques to use.
What type of physical gains have made in the offseason?
I haven’t really put on much weight but I feel like I have gotten a little bit stronger in the weight room and really receiver-wise, I’ve gotten a lot smarter. I’ve been watching films with Bravo, Landi and a couple of other guys on the team.
What are you trying to accomplish for the Spring Session?
This spring I haven’t really set any goals for myself but I’m trying to learn the offense more. Just knowing why I’m running this route or that route and why I have to take this release or that; the little things.