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USF’s Mitch Wilcox makes history in defeat

The senior becomes the school’s all-time receptions leader among tight ends.
USF senior Mitch Wilcox now owns every significant school record for tight ends. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
USF senior Mitch Wilcox now owns every significant school record for tight ends. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
Published Sep. 8, 2019
Updated Sep. 8, 2019

ATLANTA ― Before the 2019 season even dawned, USF fifth-year senior Mitch Wilcox already had established himself as the best tight end in program history by virtually any subjective measure.

Now, every statistical measure suggests that as well.

Wilcox’s three receptions in Saturday’s 14-10 loss at Georgia Tech gave him 76 for his career, eclipsing Sean Price’s school record for career catches (75) by a tight end. The sting of the latest defeat rendered the achievement inconsequential for the time being.

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“I’m not necessarily concerned about that right now,” the Tarpon Springs High alumnus said. “But it’s still pretty cool.”

The record-setter came in the fourth quarter, when Wilcox caught a Jordan McCloud pass on a fade route and rambled for a 54-yard gain to the Georgia Tech 1. The Bulls fumbled three plays later.

Wilcox’s 1,047 career receiving yards also are a record for Bulls tight ends. Last season, he set the Bulls’ single-season marks for receptions (43) and receiving yards (540) at his position.


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