The Knoxville Tennessee native Brant Mitchell is entering his senior season at Georgia Tech looking to stay healthy after a lower-body injury sidelined him for a few games last season. He will be one of the most experienced voices returning to the defense this season for new coordinator Nate Woody.
What He Did in 2017:
Brant Mitchell finished the 2017 season with 51 tackles second to only Victor Alexander who had 60, among players that are returning on the defense in 2018. Mitchell was faced with the tough assignment of replacing PJ Davis in the linebacker role and made his mark with his 51 total tackles including five stops and a pass breakup against Tennessee. A lower body injury plagued him in the middle of the season and recorded 28 total stops over the final three games. His season high of 11 tackles came at Duke on Nov. 18.
What He Did in 2018:
Mitchell in 2018 will likely see his tackle totals increase with the new style of defense that Coach Woody is looking to install. The up-tempo aggressiveness that has been the hallmark of Nate Woody’s defense should work well for Mitchell and the rest of the defense as they try to create more negative plays for opposing offenses.
Mitchell also represented the Yellow Jackets alongside Taquon Marshall at the ACC Media Days admitting that the Jackets will face a learning curve this season, especially on the defensive side of the ball, but that the unit was ready for the challenge.
The new attack type style of defense that Nate Woody is bringing to Georgia Tech has seemed to draw good reviews from the players and especially Brant Mitchell. If Mitchell can stay healthy this season he could be a very strong voice for the defensive unit as a whole and potentially have a big year for himself.