Thursday, June 19, 2008

College lineman trades gridiron for boot camp

The Associated Press
Posted : Thursday Jun 19, 2008 7:32:16 EDT

A freshman offensive lineman has quit the Oklahoma Sooners football team to join the Marine Corps.

Britt Mitchell left the team and enlisted last week, sports information director Kenny Mossman confirmed Tuesday.

"He has the coaching staff's full support in pursuing something that has been attractive to him for some time," Mossman said.

Mitchell, a 6-foot-6, 311-pound freshman tackle from Roscoe, Texas, enrolled at Oklahoma in January and went through winter and spring workouts with the team. He had begun summer training with strength and conditioning coach Jerry Schmidt before deciding on a military career.

Mitchell was the least-recruited of OU's three offensive line signees in February.

Way to go Britt!!

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