ORONO – Charles Mitchell made his name last season imitating a dead man, when he celebrated his sack against Villanova with a zombie walk, but his career is alive and well going into his senior season, “I definitely got high standards for myself”
The man known to this teammates as “Chuck” has patrolled the interior defensive line for the past three seasons. A disruptive force for offenses, but a source of confidence for this teammates, “just knowing I have someone that’s disruptive all the time and just going to go out there and give his all and make a play is kind of a boost for me because it takes the attention off and allows me to do what I need to do,” said senior defensive lineman Kayon Whitaker.
Mitchell has shown growth every season, but 2018 was his best season yet; totaling 23 tackles, seven of this for loss, and three and a half sacks; enough to earn him the honor of the team’s outstanding defensive lineman last season.
“It’s an honor to even receive that, the coaches see it, my guys see it, and it’s something I’m going to hold myself accountable to this upcoming season,” said Mitchell.
Defensive line coach Kurt von Bargen just joined the Maine football coaching staff in January, but he says Mitchell made an immediate impact on him and help groom the next generation of Black Bear lineman.
“He brings guys with him, he makes the whole room better and so does whit, that’s the most impressive thing I’ve seen among the group is that seniors bring guys with them and don’t just worry about themselves,” said Von Bargen.
Head coach Nick Charlton says his defensive linemen are a special group, and Mitchell is a perfect example of the type of person in that position group, “they’re great players but they’re great people too, a guy like Charles Mitchell, he works tirelessly at it, he’s got a huge chip on his shoulder, so you know I expect big things.