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Loewen is Arkansas' No. 1 TE after spring drills

April 24, 2013 - Robert Collias
Mitchell Loewen caught one pass during his standout, mostly defensive football career at Lahainaluna.

We have documented his unlikely journey and rapid rise with the the Arkansas football team — he started a game late in 2012 — but after his second set of spring drills, he is now the starting tight end.

I got word of Loewen's spot on the depth chart Monday from Richard Davenport of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette out of Little Rock. Davenport said a scholarship for Loewen — he should have had a ton of offers out of Lahainaluna, IMHO — could be in the offing soon.

This excerpt from came from this story on after coach Bret Bielema released the depth chart Monday, following the Hogs' spring game over the weekend:

Depth Chart Surprises

Mitchell Loewen missed most of the spring because of an ankle injury, but remained on top of the two-deep tight end depth chart Monday. Austin Tate was No. 2.

“He’s been a nice surprise, a walk-on from Hawaii,” Bielema said. “I don’t even know how he got here, but it’s worked out very well for him. He’s a kid because of what we do offensively will continue to grow the package. I’ve been very impressed with Austin Tate. I think those two guys could be a formidable pair.”

We will catch up with Loewen when he is home this summer to continue chronicling his amazing road to a starting spot as the first MIL football player ever to compete in the SEC.


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