Opportunity is nowhere.

It just so happens that when you’re a linebacker in the transfer portal, nowhere is located in Knoxville.

“I definitely noticed the linebacker group don’t have that much depth,” Mitchell said. “I definitely paid attention to that. I definitely feel like I can come in and help the defense right away.”

Heupel’s staff, led by first-year linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary, has made it clear to Mitchell that he should have every opportunity to play a major role in Tennessee’s defense from the moment he arrives on campus.

“They never said a specific linebacker position, but they definitely said it’s basically going to be on me to mess it up,” Mitchell said. “Basically, I’m starting when I come in.”

Gotta admit, “Have a pulse?  You start tomorrow” is an effective sales pitch.  Luckily for Tennessee, it’s not a one-shot offer.

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18 responses to “Opportunity is nowhere.

  1. Did Henry T ever land anywhere?

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  2. David D

    He might end up playing Mike, Will and Sam. All at the same time.

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  3. He left one ugly orange for the ugliest orange of all. He must be color blind.

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  4. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    I hate orange and I hate Tenn but we need Tenn to get it together to put some kind of resistance against the turds.
    As a student of the 90s, seeing Tenn in this state is hard to digest.

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    • stoopnagle

      Beg pardon? We don’t need UT for shit.

      We need FSU to pull their shit together.

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      • Derek

        There is some value in a competitive UT/UF series unless you can show me another east team among UK, USC, Vandy, Mizzou who can win 40% to 50% of their games vs. gators. UT being in the shitter essentially guarantees UF has perpetual 9-10 game winning seasons. That gives hope. Hope leads to recruiting success. We all know what that leads to…

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  5. practicaldawg

    “It’s on you to mess it up” is a high standard at Tennessee, and there is a rich history of players and coaches this century that did indeed mess up what they thought couldn’t be messed up further.

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    • Down Island Way

      Transport port-o-let right here, get your transport port-o-let right here…hey, you need out of k-town, get on the transport port-o-let right here…so you took a wrong turn in Albuquerque and pulled up next to a dumpster fire, transport now, you’ll thank us later…

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  6. He describes Knoxville like he is an urban trailblazer moving into a blighted neighborhood in the interest of gentrification:

    “I can definitely see the potential,” Mitchell said. “It was cool. The stadium was beautiful. You can tell the fans are loyal. You can see the potential in the town and things like that. I’m excited about what’s to come.”

    Maybe ESPN can turn the transfer portal into a sports version of House Hunters.

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  7. Salty Dawg

    I love starting the am with a vowel laugh! You don’t disappoint, Senator!

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  8. SouthsideDawg

    Knoxville is f-ugly and it stinks.

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  9. Texas Dawg

    There is always some good that comes out of a bad situation. In this case, Tennessee is such dire need of warm bodies, there will be kids that would never have had the opportunity to play D1 ball let alone start that are about to have their dream come true (even if it is the armpit of college football)

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  10. Dawg in Austin

    Fog a mirror? You’re a starter. 41-0 is going to look like a cute score after next year.

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    • Dawg19

      Beat me to it.

      Tennessee has a booth at the local fair:

      “Step right up! Step right up! Fog this mirror and get a starting position right away!”

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