Stump Mitchell
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Mitchell in 2019
Personal information
Born: (1959-03-15) March 15, 1959 (age 65)
Saint Marys, Georgia, U.S.
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:188 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school:Camden County
(Kingsland, Georgia)
College:The Citadel
Position:Running backs coach
NFL draft:1981 / Round: 9 / Pick: 226
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Head coaching record
Career:14–42 (college)
Player stats at PFR

Lyvonia Albert "Stump" Mitchell (born March 15, 1959) is an American football coach and former player who last served as the running backs coach for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He served as head football coach at Morgan State University from 1996 to 1998 and Southern University from 2010 to 2012, compiling an overall college football record of 14–42. Mitchell played collegiately at The Citadel and thereafter was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a running back and return specialist for the Cardinals from 1981 to 1989.

Early life

Mitchell's football career began at Camden County High School, Camden County, Georgia. He played college football for The Citadel and holds school records for rushing yards in a season (1,647) and career (4,062). A three-year starter at tailback, he was a two-time all Southern Conference selection. As a senior in 1980 he was the second leading rusher in NCAA Division I-A behind Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers and was named a Third-Team Associated Press All-American; he was named Southern Conference Player of the Year and the South Carolina Amateur Athlete of the Year.

Mitchell also participated in track and field competition at The Citadel, recording a 23-foot 3 inch jump in 1981.[1]

Playing career

Mitchell was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the ninth round (226th pick overall) of the 1981 NFL Draft. As a 5'9", 188 lbs. running back, Mitchell played for the Cardinals from 1981 to 1989 and ended his NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1990; he made a brief comeback with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League in 1993. His best year as a pro was during the 1985 season when he rushed for 1,006 yards and seven touchdowns, while also contributing 502 yards and 3 touchdowns as a receiver.[2] In 10 NFL seasons he rushed 986 times for 4,647 yards and scored 32 touchdowns, he has the second most all purpose yards in Cardinals franchise history with 11,985 behind only Larry Fitzgerald.[3][2]

NFL career statistics

Legend
Led the league
Bold Career high

Regular season

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
1981 STL 16 0 31 175 5.6 43 0 6 35 5.8 16 1
1982 STL 9 1 39 189 4.8 32 1 11 149 13.5 30 0
1983 STL 15 1 68 373 5.5 46 3 7 54 7.7 17 0
1984 STL 16 1 81 434 5.4 39 9 26 318 12.2 44 2
1985 STL 16 8 183 1,006 5.5 64 7 47 502 10.7 46 3
1986 STL 15 13 174 800 4.6 44 5 41 276 6.7 24 0
1987 STL 12 12 203 781 3.8 42 3 45 397 8.8 39 2
1988 PHO 14 14 164 726 4.4 47 4 25 214 8.6 28 1
1989 PHO 3 3 43 165 3.8 14 0 1 10 10.0 10 0
116 53 986 4,649 4.7 64 32 209 1,955 9.4 46 9

Playoffs

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
1982 STL 1 0 7 21 3.0 13 0 4 57 14.3 36 0
1 0 7 21 3.0 13 0 4 57 14.3 36 0

Coaching career

Mitchell served as head coach at Casa Grande Union High School in Casa Grande, Arizona from 1993 to 1994. He was the head coach at Morgan State University from 1996 to 1998, compiling a record of 8–24. He served as the running backs coach for the Seattle Seahawks from 1999 to 2007 then was brought by new head coach Jim Zorn to the Washington Redskins staff in 2008 serving as Running Backs Coach and Assistant Head Coach. Mitchell accepted the head coaching position at Southern University on January 11, 2010. During his first season, Mitchell led Southern to a 2–9 record. In 2011, the Jaguars finished with a 4–7 record.

To start off the 2012 season, Southern suffered a 66–21 loss to the New Mexico Lobos. After that defeat, the Jaguars returned home for a Thursday home game against Mississippi Valley State which aired nationally on ESPNU. Southern was upset 6–0 by Valley in that contest. The next day Mitchell was reassigned to another position within the University, ending his tenure as Southern's head coach after only 24 games.[4] He finished with a 6–18 overall record. Defensive coordinator Dawson Odums was named as the interim coach of the Jaguars.[4]

Mitchell joined the Arizona Cardinals as the running backs coach in 2013, and was with the team for four seasons before leaving the team in January 2017. He was signed to be the New York Jets' running backs coach[5] in February 2017. In 2019, Mitchell joined the Cleveland Browns as the running backs coach. The following season, even with the Browns’ head coaching change, Stump was retained as the running backs coach.[6] On January 17, 2024, days after a loss to the Houston Texans in the Wild Card round, Browns' head coach Kevin Stefanski fired Mitchell.[7]

Personal life

Mitchell is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.[citation needed] His older brother called him "Stump", because he was never intimidated by playing with kids bigger than he was.[8]

Head coaching record

College

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Morgan State Bears (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) (1996–1998)
1996 Morgan State 4–7 0–5 T–6th
1997 Morgan State 3–7 2–5 6th
1998 Morgan State 1–10 1–7 8th
Morgan State: 8–24 3–17
Southern Jaguars (South Western Athletic Conference]) (2010–2012)
2010 Southern 2–9 1–8 5th (West)
2011 Southern 4–7 4–5 4th (West)
2012 Southern 0–2[n 1] 0–1[n 1] (West)[n 1]
Southern: 6–18 5–14
Total: 14–42

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Mitchell was Southern's head coach for the first two games of the 2012 season before he was fired. Dawson Odums served as interim head coach for the final nine games. Southern finished the year 4–7 overall and 3–6 in conference play, tying for second place in the Southwestern Athletic Conference's West Division.

References

  1. ^ 2015 The Citadel Track and Field Record Book (PDF). The Citadel Bulldogs. p. 8. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Stump Mitchell Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  3. ^ "NFL All-Purpose Yards Career Leaders". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  4. ^ a b "Stump Mitchell out as Southern football coach". The Advocate. Baton Rouge, Louisiana. September 14, 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2012.
  5. ^ "Stump Mitchell". newyork.cbslocal.com. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  6. ^ "Report: Cleveland Browns and New Staff To Retain Running Back Coach Stump Mitchell". SI.com. January 20, 2020. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  7. ^ Poisal, Anthony (January 17, 2024). "Report: Browns Fire Two Offensive Assistants". Sports Illustrated Cleveland Browns News, Analysis and More. Retrieved January 18, 2024.
  8. ^ Oliveros, Wendi (May 18, 2022). "3 Things You Never Probably Never Knew About Stump Mitchell". Browns Nation. Retrieved October 13, 2022.