Bret Bielema announced a pair of transfers at his Belk Bowl press conference Sunday night. Quarterback Ricky Town and quarterback-turned-receiver-turned-running-back Damon “Duwop” Mitchell are both seeking greener pastures.
Town came to Arkansas in August 2015 as a heavily-hyped transfer because of his lofty recruiting rankings. Initially a 5-star prospect committed to Alabama, Town fell to 4-star level and signed with USC, only to transfer to Arkansas during his first week of preseason camp. Many were hoping he might make an impact on the team after Brandon Allen graduated, but Town struggled to make his way up the depth chart, getting passed by fellow redshirt freshman Ty Storey and true freshman Cole Kelley. The depth chart heading into spring practice will now likely be Allen, Kelley, Storey, and new freshman Daulton Hyatt.
Town is expected to transfer to a junior college so he can play next year.
Mitchell has been a Razorback vagabond since arriving in Fayetteville as a 3-star quarterback from New Jersey in the class of 2013. When it became clear he would be buried on the depth chart at quarterback, he chose to stay on offense and play receiver instead of switching to safety, a true position of need for Arkansas. However, Mitchell still had difficulty finding a role for himself. He did play on occasion, and caught 6 passes for 84 yards and a touchdown in 2015. He then switched again to running back this year but was stuck behind Rawleigh Williams and Devwah Whaley. His most memorable play this year was a brutal hit on kickoff coverage vs Florida.
Mitchell has graduated and can leave as a grad transfer to wherever he wishes. We wish them both the best of luck.