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 ... Drilled career-high two field goals and netted personal-best eight points against Wisconsin ... 5-for-6 on field goal attempts in 2014, with one each against Cal (24 yards), Western Illinois (28 yards) and Penn State (23 yards) ... Also handling kickoff responsibilities ... Named NU's Special Teams Player of the Week against Cal.
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.