71 Days to Gator Football

71 – Jeff Mitchell, C (1992-96)

Jeffrey Clay Mitchell, like most people with a middle name of “Clay”, was born in Dallas, Texas. Lucky for him, his parents moved him to Clearwater, Florida, where he played defensive tackle in high school, earned a lot of high school awards, and played college football under Steve Spurrier. After being redshirted his freshman year, he was the starting center for 3 straight years. He was fortunate to play on four consecutive SEC champion teams. In 1995, Mitchell was selected to the All-SEC 1st-team. He was a pivotal member of the 1996 national title team that averaged 503.9 yards of offense per game. Unfortunately, an injury ended his season early and he didn’t get a chance to play in the 1997 Sugar Bowl. Jeff went on to play eight years of NFL football.

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