WILLIAMSBURG (WAVY) – Through more than two weeks of Fall camp in the brutal Summer sun, two weeks of a heated quarterback battle, Shon Mitchell stayed cool, and says he never looked over his shoulder.
“I went about my business as if I was the guy,” said Mitchell, who was named William & Mary’s starting quarterback earlier in the week.
Only a sophomore, Mitchell’s calling card through camp was poise. “He’s certainly not a guy that’s easily rattled,” said head coach Jimmye Laycock, who announced his 39th season at the helm will be his last.
Mitchell broke just about every passing record as a four-year starter at Oscar Smith High School, but Laycock says the numbers don’t tell the whole story.
“He has a little bit of an aura about him that I feel like our players are confident in him,” said Laycock.
Baptized by fire in 2017, Mitchell saw game action against defending national champion James Madison, and Delaware, and became the first true freshman quarterback to start a game at William & Mary since 1975. He believes those tests prepared him for what’s to come in 2018.
“I feel confident in my abilities and what I’m seeing out there, because I think I’m seeing it just that split-second faster,” said Mitchell, who will see his first start on Saturday at Bucknell.
“I hope (my teammates) feel they can trust me, and that they can be confident in me, and that they can be confident in me. I hope our coaching staff feels that way too.”