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Former Iowa RB Mitchell says he won’t play for Tech this season

Posted: July 6, 2017 - 5:17pm
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Former Iowa running back Derrick Mitchell Jr., who initially planned to play this season for Texas Tech as a graduate transfer, won’t be coming to Lubbock after all.

Mitchell said Thursday on Twitter that, “Because of personal things and the need to be closer to home I will not be attending Texas Tech in the fall.”

Mitchell’s career numbers at Iowa consisted of 27 carries for 174 yards and three touchdowns and 21 catches for 165 yards. He started his career as a receiver and converted to running back in 2015.

Mitchell, who graduated from Iowa with one year of eligibility remaining, chose Texas Tech as a graduate transfer in mid-May and was on the Tech campus for the start of the first summer-school session before he returned home to St. Louis on June 5.

Tech added Mitchell to be another option for a running game that ranked No. 123 in the FBS last season.

Da’Leon Ward, DeMarcus Felton and Justin Stockton rushed for 428, 354 and 154 yards, respectively, in 2016. Stockton is No. 1 on the depth chart, Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said after spring practice, though the senior from Cibolo Steele is coming off his least productive season.

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