ATHENS, Ohio -- Former Ohio football standout safety Mike Mitchell will represent the Bobcats in the 2018 NFL postseason on Saturday (Jan. 5) when his No. 6-seeded Indianapolis Colts (10-6) visit the No. 3-seeded AFC South Division champion Houston Texans (11-5) in a 4:35 p.m. ET AFC Wild Card Playoff at NRG Stadium in Houston. The contest will be nationally televised on ESPN.
A victory over the Texans would send Mitchell and the Colts to Kansas City take on the No. 1-seeded Chiefs on Saturday, Jan. 12, in a 4:35 p.m. ET contest at Arrowhead Stadium that will be nationally televised on NBC.
Mitchell, a 10-year NFL veteran, is in his first season with the Colts, having signed with Indianapolis on Oct. 9. He has tallied 28 total tackles (22 solo), two forced fumbles and one interception this year. Mitchell was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week following his performance in Week 7 in a 37-5 victory over Buffalo on Oct. 21 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. His day included seven tackles (one for loss), a forced fumble and an interception.
Mitchell started 30-of-45 games in four seasons (2005-08) at Ohio and totaled 213 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, seven interceptions, 13 passes defensed and five forced fumbles. He set a career high in interceptions (3) and forced fumbles (2) as a senior in 2008 after tallying a career-high in tackles (74) and sacks (1.5) as a junior in '07. Mitchell helped lead the Bobcats to a Mid-American Conference East Division title and a berth in the GMAC Bowl as a sophomore in 2006 -- the program's first bowl appearance since 1968.
Mitchell became Ohio's highest-drafted player since 1948 when he was selected with the 47th overall pick in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. He spent four seasons (2009-12) with the Raiders, one season (2013) with the Carolina Panthers and four seasons (2014-17) with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 2018 season marks the sixth-straight season that Mitchell has been on the active roster for a team that has qualified for the NFL playoffs.