Just call receiver Mitchell USF's Mr. Big Play
Working on a feature on USF junior receiver Carlton Mitchell, and after going back over 13 years of game summaries, I can confirm something I'd suspected after last week's win at Syracuse: Mitchell is already USF's career leader in offensive plays of 50 yards or more.
By my count, USF has had 67 such plays over the years, and while Mitchell still has another year and a half with the Bulls, he's already had seven 50-yard plays, two more than anyone else in USF's record books. He also matches running back Andre Hall with the most 60-yard plays and matches receiver Clif Dell for the most 70-yard plays.
Before we get to a full list, it's worth noting that USF's offense already has more 50-yard pass plays (7) in five games than in any full season in Bulls history. All this after not having one such play last season. Counting running and passing plays, USF's record for 50-yard plays in a season is 11, set in 1998, and the record as a Division I-A program is nine in 2004.
MOST 50-YARD OFFENSIVE PLAYS
7 -- Carlton Mitchell
5 -- Clif Dell, Andre Hall, DeAndrew Rubin.
3 -- Jermaine Clemons, Chris Iskra, Johnny Peyton, Rafael Williams.
2 -- Joe Bain, Matt Grothe, Amarri Jackson, Scott McCready, Hugh Smith, LaFann Williams
1 -- Marquel Blackwell, Dontavia Bogan, Quinton Callum, Clenton Crossley, Otis Dixon, Keeley Dorsey, Sterling Griffin, Elgin Hicks, Cedric Hill, Charlie Jackson, Taurus Johnson, Ean Randolph, Travis Lipp, Leon Matthews, Kawika Mitchell, Aston Samuels, Jamar Taylor, Huey Whittaker, Ben Williams, Theo Wilson.
Which quarterback has thrown the most 50-yard passes in USF history? That record still belongs to Marquel Blackwell, who threw 11, to five different receivers in four different seasons. Here's that list:
MOST 50-YARD PASSES THROWN
11 -- Marquel Blackwell
9 -- Pat Julmiste
8 -- Matt Grothe
7 -- Chad Barnhardt
4 -- B.J. Daniels
1 -- Ronnie Banks, Glen Gauntt, Grant Gregory, Charlie Jackson, Kevin Patullo.