Former Ridgefield Football Player Wins Gold Helmet Award as a Member of UCONN Huskies
Jackson Mitchell is a former Ridgefield High School football player who has been making his mark at the collegiate level for the UCONN Huskies.
According to the UCONN Huskies website, the junior linebacker was named the Week 9 winner of the New England Football Writers Association Gold Helmet Awards presented by the Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation.
Saturday, Mitchell and his Huskies teammates beat Boston College 13-3 for the first time in the program's history, the series dates back to 1908. In that game alone, Mitchell had 12 tackles, an interception, a sack, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble. The Huskies have played nine games this season, and Mitchell has had double-digit tackles in 5 of them and has a total of 100 tackles on the year. In short, this kid is a dog!
UCONN is 4-5 on the year but seems to be trending in the right direction for the first time, in a long time.
We talked about Jackson on the Ethan, Lou & Large Dave Morning Show on Halloween (10/31/22), you can listen below.
I have not talked about, or heard about UCONN football since Randy Edsall got fired, and before that I had not talked about UCONN football since he (Edsall) was hired. But this past weekend, I couldn't get away from them.
On Friday someone asked me if I knew Jim Mora Jr. was the Head Coach now. Saturday morning, College Gameday on ESPN, did a segment about how Mora is living in a haunted house in Storrs, yesterday (Sunday) I heard about UCONN upsetting BC, and then Monday, I heard about Jackson Mitchell's award. That is a lot of UCONN football, in a short period of time, does this mean they are back? Is UCONN setting up to become a college football powerhouse in the next few years?
That would be awesome, considering the men's basketball team, is not what it used to be.
P.S. I saw a picture of Jackson on the UCONN website, and noticed he has a tattoo of the State of CT on his right arm. I found that fascinating, I don't think I've ever seen a map of the State of CT tattooed on someone before. I've seen New York, California and even Las Vegas but never Connecticut. That is proof, that this kid is tough mentally and physically because that tattoo is only going to invite a verbal beat-down. Look, I love CT, I really do but most people don't. We don't have a great rep nationally and we're the most self-loathing state in America. Good for Jackson for having some hometown pride.
You might remember Jim Mora's Dad...Jim Mora. He had the most epic football press conference in football history.
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