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Mitchell Wilcox | Tight End

Team: South Florida Bulls
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 245

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South Florida redshirt junior TE Mitchell Wilcox said that he's having his draft status "evaluated."
Just what, exactly, Wilcox means by that is not entirely clear. He did not specify whether or not he had requested a grade from the NFL's College Advisory Committee, though that would be the logical assumption. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound redshirt junior dealt with an ankle injury during the 2018 regular season, but fought through the health concern to finish the year with a 40-506-2 receiving line across nine games played. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline stamped Wilcox with a grade for Rounds 4-5 during his summer prospect rundown. Not out of the question that he could sneak into Day 2 with a strong showing during the evaluation process. Dec 11 - 4:47 PM

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South Florida redshirt junior TE Mitchell Wilcox (ankle) returned to the lineup for Saturday's 35-23 loss at Cincinnati.

Wilcox hauled in a game-high seven receptions for a team-best 90 yards and a touchdown and he didn't appear to show any ill effects of his injury. He missed the Tulane game last week due to his ankle issue. It was Wilcox's first visit to the end zone since the opener against FCS Elon back on Sept. 1, and his first score against an FBS foe since Nov. 24, 2017 at UCF. He'll try and keep up the good work next Saturday at Temple.
Nov 10 - 11:51 PM

USF redshirt junior TE Mitchell Wilcox (ankle) is in uniform and going through warmups ahead of Saturday's game at Cincinnati.

Earlier in the week, USF HC Charlie Strong said that he expected Wilcox to be available for the Bulls' pivotal AAC East matchup with Cincinnati. The redshirt junior being in uniform and taking part in pregame appears to be a good sign regarding his availability. On the season Wilcox, who missed USF's Nov. 3 loss to Tulane, has caught 28 passes for 378 yards and a touchdown.
Nov 10 - 6:39 PM

South Florida HC Charlie Strong indicated that redshirt junior TE Mitchell Wilcox (ankle) should return Saturday against Cincinnati.

The injury kept Wilcox out of Saturday's upset loss at the hands of Tulane. Wilcox has a 28-378-1 line this season. The Bulls could sure use him in this big AAC tilt.
Nov 5 - 1:42 PM

South Florida redshirt junior TE Mitchell Wilcox (ankle) didn't play in Saturday's game against Tulane.

Wilcox wasn't expected to play as the Bulls were looking to save him for a "stretch run" that obviously backfired in a big way as USF was upset 41-15 by an underwhelming Tulane squad. Wilcox has 28-378-1 this season and will try to play next week against Cincinnati.
Nov 4 - 11:27 AM

The Tampa Bay Times' Joey Knight reports that South Florida redshirt junior TE Mitchell Wilcox (ankle) is unlikely to play in Saturday's game against Tulane.

Per Knight, the Bulls would like to get Mitchell in order for the stretch run. USF has a doozy of a schedule after this weekend's game against the Green Wave, as they will wrap the regular-season campaign with contests against Cincinnati, Temple and UCF. In seven games played this year, Wilcox has registered a 28-378-1 receiving line.
Nov 2 - 5:12 PM

South Florida redshirt junior TE Mitchell Wilcox suffered an ankle injury in Saturday's 20-13 victory over East Carolina.

Head coach Charlie Strong said Wilcox "should be back" next week against UMass. Wilcox has has been having a good year, with a 8/109/0 outing against Illinois the previous week. He has already surpassed last season's 158 receiving yards and will look to topple his career-high of 278 in the coming weeks.
Sep 23 - 9:28 AM

South Florida redshirt junior TE Mitchell Wilcox (undisclosed) was back at practice in a non-contact jersey on Monday.

Wilcox was held out of Saturday's scrimmage for the Bulls, but he was seen jogging on a practice field, and his return to practice suggests that whatever the 6-foot-4, 236-pound tight end is being held out for is precautionary. Wilcox is considered one of the best tight ends in the AAC, and he grades as a mid-round prospect in several analysts' mind.
Aug 20 - 4:28 PM

South Florida redshirt junior TE Mitchell Wilcox (undisclosed) did not take part in Saturday's scrimmage.

Wilcox (6'4/236) was spotting jogging on a practice field on Saturday, but he did not suit up nor take part in the team's scrimmage. That he was still up and moving is probably a good sign for his recovery over the remainder of camp, but we'll just have to wait and see how he progresses. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline noted views the redshirt junior as a potential fourth- or fifth-round prospect should he declare for the draft at season's end. He should be viewed as an intriguing prospect regardless of the shape of his statistical body of work this upcoming season -- Bulls OC Sterlin Gilbert simply does not utilize the tight end to heavy degree in his system/play-calling.
Aug 18 - 3:09 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that South Florida redshirt junior TE Mitchell Wilcox has the measurables and athleticism to play in the NFL.

Pauline grades Wilcox as a fourth-to-fifth round prospect, which puts him second on the Bulls in that regard behind only outside linebacker Greg Reaves. He's not going to put up big numbers because of the style of offense he's playing in, but that's not a prerequisite to being drafted in the middle rounds. He does have to show some level of production, however, as Pauline notes. "Wilcox easily moves about the field and flashes brilliance," he writes, "but must put the pieces together and start to produce at a higher level."
Jul 2 - 5:40 PM

The Daily Stampede's Nathan Bond notes that South Florida redshirt junior TE Mitchell Wilcox's offensive upside is limited by the system of OC Sterlin Gilbert.

Gilbert simply doesn't fold heavy targets for tight ends into his game plan. This has been a consistent tendency. At Tulsa in 2015, his tight ends garnered just 1.5% of total targets, a mark which essentially held at Texas in 2016, when Longhorn tight ends were targeted just 1.6% of the time. The 6-foot-4, 236-pound Wilcox wasn't completely marginalized last year -- he caught 17 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns -- but he would be capable of bigger things if he played in a different system. He could potentially squeeze his way into the late-round draft conversation next spring should he declare after the upcoming season.
May 25 - 3:03 PM