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Owasso Grads Jordan Mitchell, Cole Neph Ready at TU


COLE NEPH (left) and JORDAN MITCHELL


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The Owasso Rams have two graduates on the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane roster this season, senior safety Jordan Mitchell and junior tight end redshirt transfer Cole Neph.

Jordan Mitchell is a three-year letter winner and returning starter, having played cornerback in 2014 as a true freshman, but moved to safety in spring drills 2015. He has played in 36 career games and has 16 starts, and has been credited with 103 career tackles and 12 pass breakups. In 2016 Mitchell started all 13 games, having 61 tackles. He had two double-figure tackle games and totaled a career-high 12 tackles and added one pass breakup at UCF. He had 10 tackles at Houston and compiled five tackles at Navy and against Central Michigan in the Miami Beach Bowl. Mitchell had eight stops against Cincinnati and tallied six stops against East Carolina. He registered a career-high four pass breakups at Memphis, while adding two tackles, including TFL for -1 yard. He totaled four tackles and one pass breakup against Tulane and had 2 pass breakups in the season opener against San Jose State.

In 2015, Mitchell played in all 13 games and started three contests, making starts against FAU, Oklahoma and Houston. He totaled 36 tackles and three pass breakups and made his first career start in the season opener vs. FAU and had four tackles. He came off the bench against New Mexico and had four tackles and totaled a career-high seven tackles at number 16 Oklahoma. Mitchell was credited with five tackles against Houston and had a career-best two pass breakups at SMU. He tallied two tackles and one pass breakup against number 17 Memphis and totaled three stops at East Carolina and Tulane.

In 2014, Mitchell played in 10 games as a true freshman, missing the first two contests. He was credited with six tackles and had a season-best five tackles against FAU.

At Owasso High School Mitchell was a three-year letter winner and two-year starter where played cornerback. He tallied 85 tackles, 15 pass break-ups and one interception his senior season. He was a second-team Tulsa World all-metro selection as a senior and also earned Tulsa World honorable mention all-state accolades. He was was ranked 27th among the top-36 players in the state of Oklahoma by 247Sports Ratings and earned first-team District 6A-1 accolades. Mitchell totaled 40 tackles, 15 pass break-ups and four interceptions his junior season. His high school coach was Bill Patterson.

Mitchell says his favorite movie is Dazed and Confused and that his favorite NFL player is Cam Newton. The Carolina Panthers is his favorite pro sports team while his favorite sports movie is Remember the Titans. His favorite vacation spot is Miami, Florida. He is an Eagle Scout and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The two people he would invite to dinner would be Jennifer Aniston and Beyonce. A management major, his favorite class at TU is business negotiating. His parents are Wesley Sr. and Yolanda Mitchell. His father played football at Temple and Howard University. Mitchell was born Feb. 6, 1996, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Cole Neph transferred to Tulsa from Oklahoma State at mid-semester 2017. He participated in spring drills with the Hurricane.

Neph spent three seasons at Oklahoma State as a walk-on athlete. He red-shirted in 2014 and played in 12 career games, mostly on special teams. He played in six games in 2015 and made his first career catch on a 5-yard reception against Kansas. He played on special teams in six games in 2016.

As an Owasso Ram, Neph had 140 receptions for 2,100 yards and 22 touchdowns during his prep career. He earned first-team all-district honors and was an all-state honorable mention selection as a senior. He served as team captain in high school and was the co-president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Owasso High School. His football coach was Bill Patterson.

Neph says he enjoys playing golf, basketball and watching movies. His favorite movie is The Grand Budapest Hotel while his favorite TV show is “How I Met Your Mother.” His favorite actor is Bill Murray. His favorite class at TU is Energy Conversions while his favorite song is “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley. His parents are Bruce and Kathy Neph. His father competed in wrestling and football at Oklahoma State and his mother played basketball at Southwestern Oklahoma State. Neph’s major is mechanical engineering. He was born John Cole Neph on Jan. 28, 1995.

Updated 09-06-2017

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