Cory Mitchell Reunites With Brother in Calgary for “The Bo and his Bro Show”

Cory Mitchell Reunites With Brother in Calgary for “The Bo and his Bro Show”

Eagle receiver signs free agent contract with the Stampeders, who won last year's Grey Cup championship led by Cory's younger brother, Bo Levi Mitchell

Story on Cory Mitchell & Bo Levi Mitchell Both Playing for Calgary

 

One sportswriter is calling it the "The Bo and his Bro Show."

Former Eastern Washington University football wide receiver Cory Mitchell will reunite with his younger brother after Mitchell signed a free agent contract last week with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.

He started 18 of the 46 games he played in four seasons as an Eagle, with 101 career catches and 10 touchdowns, and a 17.6 average per kickoff return. He missed five games in 2014 because of a broken collarbone suffered at Washington on Sept. 6, 2014, but earned honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference honors as a junior in 2013.

His brother -- former Eagle quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell -- is now a household name in Calgary after he led the Stampeders to the Grey Cup title on Nov. 30, 2014, by completing 25 of 34 passes for 334 yards to earn game MVP honors. He is now 16-2 as a starter for the Stampeders after going 19-7 as an Eagle.

After transferring from SMU, Bo Levi Mitchell led the Eagles to the 2010 NCAA Division I title after he passed for three touchdowns in the final 16:48 to lead EWU past Delaware 20-19 in the championship game on Jan. 7, 2011, in Frisco, Texas. He was the game's Most Outstanding Player, an honor he duplicated in the Grey Cup. He also led Katy, Texas, High School to an undefeated season and a state championship in 2007.

Cory Mitchell was a redshirt on the 2010 team, then played alongside his brother in 2011 when Bo Levi won the Walter Payton Award given to the top player in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision. Both are from Katy (Texas) High School, but Cory elected to work instead of attend college following his graduation in 2006.

Training camp for the Stampeders starts soon, and the first game for the defending champions is a preseason game against British Columbia on June 12.

 

• A total of 77 Eagles have now been drafted or signed free agent contracts with NFL or CFL teams since 1989. Seven Eagles have been selected to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine in the past 12 years (2003-2014), with nine selected to play in eight different college all-star games. Most recently, safety Tevin McDonald played in the 2015 East-West Shrine Game, and offensive tackle Jake Rodgers played in the National Football League Players Association Collegiate Bowl. In 2013, T.J. Lee III played in the NFLPA game, and Bo Levi Mitchell played in the same game in 2012. Wide receiver Brandon Kaufman was selected to participate in the prestigious NFL Scouting Combine on Feb. 20-26, 2013, in Indianapolis, Ind. In addition, fellow wide receiver Nicholas Edwards played in the 2013 Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game in Tucson, Ariz. Nathan Overbay and Matt Nichols were selected for the 2010 East-West Shrine Game, the same game Michael Roos played in back in 2005.

 
 
 

#6 Cory Mitchell - WR, 6-2, 195, Katy, Texas

Career: He started 18 of the 46 games he played as an Eagle, with 101 career catches with 10 touchdowns, and a 17.6 average per kickoff return. He missed five games in 2014 because of a broken collarbone suffered at Washington on Sept. 6, 2014. Interestingly, one day later his brother – former Eagle and 2011 Walter Payton Award winner Bo Levi Mitchell -- injured his knee in a Canadian Football League game for Calgary and missed several games. He returned to lead the Stampeders to the Grey Cup title and win game MVP honors in the process.

2014: After catching a team-leading 17 passes in the first two games of the season, Mitchell suffered a broken collarbone against Washington (9/6/14), had surgery five days later and missed EWU's next five games. He returned to play versus NAU (10/25/14), but had just four catches in his first four games back before ending his career with eight catches for 96 yards and a touchdown in EWU's two FCS Playoff games. Early in the year, he had a career-high 11 catches – 12th-most in school history – for 123 yards and two touchdowns against Montana-Western (8/30/14). The College Developmental Football League gave him preseason first team All-America accolades for the North region.

2013: Earned honorable mention All-Big Sky honors. Started 12 of EWU's 15 games at wide receiver, and also returned eight kickoffs. He helped fill in the void of losing three prolific receivers by ranking third on the team with 47 catches for 699 yards and three touchdowns. In a return to his home state of Texas, Mitchell caught five passes for a season-high 102 yards at Sam Houston State (9/28/13) to earn team offensive player of the week honors. He scored on a 69-yard touchdown pass in the FCS Playoffs versus South Dakota State (12/7/13).

2012: He caught four passes for 32 yards as a sophomore. All of his catches came in separate games and were either nine or seven yards each. He also returned nine kickoffs for a 15.3 average, including a non-scoring 67 yarder in the FCS Playoffs against Illinois State (12/8/12). In four spring scrimmages, he caught 12 passes for 146 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

2011: Catching passes from his younger brother Bo Levi Mitchell, Cory Mitchell caught a career-high seven passes for 132 yards and a touchdown at Cal Poly (11/12/11) to earn team offensive player of the week honors. As a result, he started the first game of his career against Idaho State (11/19/11) and finished with three catches for 53 yards. Against Northern Arizona (10/8/11), he leaped high in the air to catch a 17-yard touchdown pass from his brother, who later admitted the pass was intended for another receiver. Earlier in the season against Weber State (10/1/11), Cory's first reception of his Eastern career (seven yards) was the first time he has ever caught a pass in an organized game from his brother, who graduated from high school two years after Cory. In the spring, Cory was selected as Eastern's co-most improved offensive player. He burst onto the scene to catch 14 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns in four spring scrimmages. In the team's third scrimmage, he caught six passes for 148 yards and a score.

2010: Redshirted. Did not previously attend college, so he was considered a true freshman when he attended Eastern for the first time in fall 2010. He elected to work instead of attend college following his high school graduation.

HS: Graduated from Katy HS in 2006.

Personal: Interdisciplinary studies major. Born 12/12/87 in Houston, Texas. Son of Dwight Mitchell and Barbara Miller. He and his fiance, Atosha Granger, have two sons – Jhett who turned three when EWU played at Washington on Sept. 6 and Dash turned two last December. His brother, Bo Levi, is a 2008 graduate of Katy HS and transferred to Eastern from Southern Methodist. Bo Levi won the 2011 Walter Payton Award given to the top player in the FCS, and a year earlier he led EWU to the NCAA Division I Championship.

 

Year

GP

PC

Hi

Yds

Apr

Apg

TD

Lg

2011

8

19

7

310

16.3

2.4

2

43

2012

14

4

1

32

8.0

0.3

0

9

2013

15

47

7

699

14.9

3.1

3

69t

2014

9

31

11

398

12.8

3.4

5

30

Totals

46

101

11

1439

14.2

2.2

10

69t

Kickoff Returns: 2011/9-186-20.7-0 (long of 32); 2012/9-138-15.3 (long of 67); 2013/8-133-16.6 (long of 34); Totals/26-457-17.6 (long of 67).

 

 
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