Mitch Hyatt
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Hyatt with the Clemson Tigers
Personal information
Born: (1997-02-06) February 6, 1997 (age 25)
Sugar Hill, Georgia
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:306 lb (139 kg)
Career information
High school:North Gwinnett (Suwanee, GA)
College:Clemson
Position:Offensive tackle
Undrafted:2019
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Mitch Hyatt (born February 6, 1997) is an American football offensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Clemson.

Early years

A native of Sugar Hill, Georgia, Hyatt attended North Gwinnett High School, where he was three-year starter at left tackle for the Bulldogs, and an All-American offensive lineman as a senior.

In Hyatt's sophomore year, North Gwinnett faced defending state champion Grayson in the second round of the GHSA Class 6A playoffs, upsetting them 28–10,[1] as Hyatt reportedly played Grayson's blue chip defensive end Robert Nkemdiche “to a draw.”[2]

After an All-State junior season, in which he helped pave the way for North’s run to a GHSA Class 6A state runner-up finish, Hyatt verbally committed to Clemson.[3]

College career

Listed first team on the depth chart entering August camp in 2015, Hyatt was scheduled to become the first freshman since Barry Richardson in 2004 to start on the offensive line for Clemson.[4] He started the season opener against Wofford at left tackle, the first true-freshman to do so for the Tigers since Phil Prince in 1944.[5]

Hyatt was part of the Clemson team that defeated Alabama in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship by a score of 35–31.[6] In 2017, Hyatt was named as the recipient of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy for the ACC's most outstanding blocker. Hyatt was the 8th Clemson lineman to receive this award, and the first since 1987.[7]

As a senior in 2018, Hyatt became the 13th repeat winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy. He also became the Tigers' all time leader in snaps from scrimmage during the 2018 Louisville game.[8]

He finished with school records in career starts (57) and snaps played (3,754). He was a three-time first-team All-ACC selection and twice received the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the ACC Conference top offensive lineman.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 5 in
(1.96 m)
303 lb
(137 kg)
34+18 10+14 4.52 s 7.72 s 25.5 in
(0.65 m)
102 ft 0 in
(31.09 m)
28 reps
All values from 2019 NFL Combine[9]

Hyatt was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys after the 2019 NFL Draft on April 30.[10] He struggled during preseason as a backup left tackle and was released on August 31.[11] He was signed to the practice squad on September 2.[12] He was promoted to the active roster on December 10, 2019.[13] He was declared inactive for the last 3 games.

On August 27, 2020, he suffered a torn right ACL during practice. On September 2, he was waived/injured by the Cowboys.[14] He subsequently reverted to the team's injured reserve list the next day.[15]

In 2021, he suffered a knee sprain during conditioning work in OTAs.[16] On July 27, 2021, Hyatt was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.[17]

Personal life

His uncle, Dan Benish, was an All-ACC defensive tackle and a starter on Clemson’s 1981 National Championship team.[4]

References

  1. ^ "North takes down defending state champ Grayson 28–10". Gwinnett Daily Post. November 23, 2012.
  2. ^ "Top recruit Mitch Hyatt has tools to star on Clemson's offensive line". The Post and Courier. February 1, 2015.
  3. ^ "Highly touted North Gwinnett junior Mitch Hyatt commits to Clemson football". Gwinnett Daily Post. February 5, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Mitch Hyatt could make history at Clemson". Greenville News. August 6, 2015.
  5. ^ "Freshman Mitch Hyatt earns starting spot". GoUpstate.com. August 31, 2015.
  6. ^ "College Football Championship - Clemson vs Alabama Box Score, January 9, 2017". Sports Reference. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  7. ^ "Clemson's Hyatt Named ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy Recipient". theacc.com. The Atlantic Coast Conference. November 26, 2017. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  8. ^ "Clemson's Hyatt Repeats as ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy Recipient". theacc.com. The Atlantic Coast Conference. November 25, 2018. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  9. ^ "NFL Draft & Combine Profile - Mitch Hyatt". nfl.com. National Football League. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  10. ^ Eatman, Nick (April 30, 2019). "Cowboys to Sign 13 Undrafted Free Agents". DallasCowboys.com.
  11. ^ Helman, David (August 31, 2019). "Several Young Draft Picks Among Cowboys' Cuts". DallasCowboys.com.
  12. ^ Phillips, Rob (September 2, 2019). "Initial Practice Squad Includes New QB, TE, WR". DallasCowboys.com.
  13. ^ Alper, Josh (December 10, 2019). "Cowboys put Cedrick Wilson on IR, promote Mitch Hyatt from practice squad". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  14. ^ Phillips, Rob (September 2, 2020). "Cowboys Make 7 Roster Moves Ahead Of Deadline". DallasCowboys.com. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  15. ^ Phillips, Rob (September 4, 2020). "2019 Draft Pick Among Four More Cowboys Waived". DallasCowboys.com. Retrieved September 4, 2021.
  16. ^ Spagnola, Mickey (May 26, 2021). "Mick Shots: Thank Goodness For OTAs' Return". DallasCowboys.com.
  17. ^ Phillips, Rob (July 27, 2021). "Cowboys Sign Malik Hooker; OT Moved To IR". DallasCowboys.com. Retrieved September 4, 2021.