Wildcats open Big Ten play with first win over Nittany Lions and in Happy Valley since 2004
2014: Redshirt sophomore ... Earned starting place-kicker duties in training camp after never having played in a game prior to this season ... Converted 14-of-18 field goal attempts -- ranking fifth in the Big Ten with a 77.8 percentage -- and was 26-of-28 on PATs ... Team leader in points scored with 68 ... Kicked a 34-yard field goal in season-finale vs. Illinois ... Drilled career-high five PATs at Purdue ... Named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week on Nov. 17 following win at Notre Dame ... Converted four field goals, including a career-long 46-yard blast and a game-winning 41-yard kick in overtime against the Fighting Irish, despite entering the game without having made a field goal longer than 29 yards in his career ... Collected career-high 15 points in win over the Irish ... Netted 29-yard field goal against Nebraska ... Drilled career-high two field goals and netted eight points against Wisconsin ... Also handled kickoff responsibilities, averaging 57.9 yards and adding 19 touchbacks ... Named NU's Special Teams Player of the Week against Cal, Wisconsin and Notre Dame.
2013: Did not see action.
2012: Redshirted his freshman season.
High School: Multi-dimensional performer for Torrey Pines, catching 11 passes with a 19.9-yard per catch average in 2011 while also handling kicking duties, with 38 punts (37.4-yard average) and 24-of-24 success rate on PAT's ... Also played defense, intercepting two passes in 2010, including one for a 51-yard TD return ... Hit 90 of his 104 kickoffs for touchbacks over junior and senior seasons ... Kicked a career-ong 48-yard field goal as a sophomore ... Second-team All-Palomar League in 2011 and honorable mention in 2010 ... Chosen to play in Alex Spanos San Diego County All-Star football game ... 2012 Torrey Pines High School Athlete of the Year ... Team posted a 10-2 mark in junior season ... Also a letterwinner in baseball ... National Honor Society member and San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic team honoree in football and baseball.
Personal: Born John Stewart Mitchell ... Son of Trey and Sarah Mitchell ... Born in Washington, D.C. before relocating to San Diego ... Also an outfielder for Northwestern's baseball team for the 2013 season ... Attended same high school as former NFL safety John Lynch ... Major is undeclared.