Brandon Mitchell is accustomed to filling in when needed at Arkansas.
A sophomore guard, Mitchell is also a backup quarterback for the Razorbacks. He joined the basketball team following the football team's Cotton Bowl win over Kansas State on Jan. 6. It's the second time he has taken to the hard court at Arkansas, following a brief stint as a freshman two years ago.
Similar to the first time when he saw action in four games, Mitchell's impact appeared as though it would be limited this go-around. The 6-foot-4 Mitchell was a standout basketball player in high school in Louisiana, resulting in a scholarship offer from LSU, but his game had evolved through football workouts and he is now more suited to interior play after bulking up to 230 pounds.
Still, Arkansas coach Mike Anderson saw an opportunity for Mitchell to contribute to a roster depleted by injuries. What Anderson saw, after Mitchell worked himself into basketball shape, was more than just another practice body.