Western Carolina junior quarterback Troy Mitchell was today named the Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Week as selected and announced by the league office. The honor is the second of the week for Mitchell who picked up weekly plaudits from College Sports Madness earlier on Monday.
For Mitchell, it is his first weekly honor since garnering top freshman honors twice in his debut season back in 2012.
Mitchell set a pair of Western Carolina football single-game records with a career-high 46 pass completions on a record-high 66 attempts in Saturday night's five-point, 36-31, road loss at Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) foe, South Florida. The Houston, Texas, native accounted for three touchdowns including two passing scores and one on the ground, scoring WCU's first touchdown of the season as the Catamounts pulled out to a 14-3 first half lead over USF.
Mitchell shattered two single-game records by a quarterback in the WCU history books. His career-high 46 completions established a new benchmark, by-passing Brian Gaither's record of 35 completions set back in 2003 at Georgia Southern. His 66 pass attempts surpassed Jeff Gilbert's 57 offerings against Chattanooga in 1984.
With the two TD passes at USF, Mitchell now has 18 scoring strikes through the air, adding his 11th career rushing touchdown.
All told, Mitchell amassed a career-high 374 yards passing which was tied for the ninth-best, single-game performance in program history. Mitchell spread it around to eight different receivers with second-year wideout Terryon Robinson hauled in a career-high 15 catches for 121 yards and a touchdown, matching WCU's 30-year old single-game record for receptions in a single game. Robinson tied Eric Rasheed who caught 15 passes against Chattanooga back in 1984.
In the opener, the Catamount offense ran a combined 96 plays, just three shy of the program record of 99 set against Marshall back in 1991.
Western Carolina (0-1) returns to Cullowhee for the first of back-to-back home dates beginning this Saturday, Sept. 6 against Brevard College. It is the first meeting between the two schools since 1945 - and the first since the Tornados revived their football program in 2006. Kickoff on Saturday is set for 3:30 pm. The first 5,000 fans through the gates will receive a FREE "Prove Your Purple" T-shirt, courtesy of Ingles.