One of the things that we plan to do from time to time on Inside Wolf Pack Athletics is update our fans on what some of our former student-athletes are doing now, and the first in the series is former wide receiver Marko Mitchell.
Mitchell played for the Wolf Pack football team from 2006-08 and electrified Nevada fans with his athletic catches. A first-team All-WAC selection in 2008, he ranks eighth in career receiving yards in the Nevada record book at 2,763 and turned in two of the top 15 single seasons in school history. After he earned his degree in general studies with a minor in human development and family studies in December of 2008, Mitchell was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the 2009 NFL Draft. He spent one season with the Redskins and was also a member of the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings. He also spent time in the Canadian Football League.
Mitchell is now back on campus training and volunteering with the Wolf Pack, and he took a few minutes to answer a few questions for us:
Q: What are you doing now?
A: I'm still training. I'm hoping to get back in the league (the NFL). I've also been volunteering with the football team, helping out with the receivers. When I'm done playing, I want to get into coaching.
Q: What is your best memory from your time at the University of Nevada?
A: My best memories are the four-overtime game at Boise State in 2007 and the near comeback against Hawaii that season. I remember those games because of how highly rated those teams were in the nation. Everybody doubted us and we shocked them.
Q: What is the biggest transition from college football to the NFL?
A: The speed and tempo of the game and how fast it goes. That definitely was the biggest transition.
Q: What was the highlight of your NFL career?
A: I'd have to say my touchdowns and when we played the New England Patriots. That was my first time being star-struck by playing with Tom Brady and Randy Moss. On top of that, I had to stay focused and play the game myself.
Q: What did you learn at Nevada that has served you well in your professional career?
A: Hard work. No matter what is thrown your way, you can overcome it if you set your mind to it and work hard. That was definitely taught by my coaches, especially Coach (Scott) Baumgartner. He put a lot on my plate by making me the leader of the receivers. He knew that I was the most experienced guy and that I could handle it.