Bielema, Mitchell Scheduled To Meet Wednesday


FT. SMITH — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema will begin his post-spring meetings with players Wednesday.

One of the first players on his list is quarterback Brandon Mitchell.

Bielema, who was the guest speaker at the Ft. Smith Razorback Club meeting Tuesday night, said before the event Mitchell is the "third or fourth player" on his list of one-on-one coversations.

It will come two days after Bielema mentioned the possibility of Mitchell helping the Razorbacks in other ways after Brandon Allen exited the spring as Arkansas' first-team quarterback. Mitchell, who was sitting in the back of the room during the press conference, said he had no plans to switch positions despite playing wide receiver in 2012.

"With the competition not being over at quarterback, I'm just focused on strictly quarterback,” Mitchell said Monday. “I don't even want to consider anything else right now. My mind's on quarterback.”

Mitchell moved to receiver last summer and caught 17 passes for 262 yards in eight games. He told Bielema earlier this winter he wanted to return to the position to compete for the starting job. Mitchell ran the second-team offense throughout the spring and completed 12 of 17 passes for 138 yards with a touchdown and interception in the Red-White Game.

Bielema indicated turnovers were one reason Allen remained No. 1 on the depth chart ahead of Mitchell.

But Bielema also said Tuesday night he isn't planning to move Mitchell to another position.

"Yeah, it will be fun to have that conversation to see where it goes," Bielema said about his scheduled meeting with Mitchell on Wednesday. "Because I don’t want him to stop playing quarterback. I want him to stay right where he’s at.”

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau