Roman Mitchell is the DMN Defensive Player of the Week!

What he did: In a 52-34 victory over Wichita Falls, he scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 57-yard interception return in the second quarter. In the fourth quarter, he scored on a 95-yard interception return.

Who is he? A 5-10, 180-pound junior safety.

The stats: Two interceptions returned for touchdowns.

He said it: â€œWe were really looking to improve on forcing turnovers. With our defensive line getting good pressure, it’s just a matter of being more aggressive.”

Coach said it: â€œHe’s a physical kid who can hit, and he’s good with the ball when he gets it. Getting those big defensive plays really sparked us.” — Mike Young

Did you know? In his final junior varsity game, after coaches decided to move him up to varsity last season, Mitchell suffered a dislocated elbow while making an interception. Having previously dislocated the same elbow, he has worn a protective brace all season. “It was heartbreaking,” he said of the injury. “Coming into this season I was kind of nervous about not breaking it again.” … Mitchell can play anywhere in the secondary. After playing receiver and cornerback his first two high school seasons, he was moved to safety because of his physical play this season. … He runs the 200 meters in track with a personal best of 23.1 seconds. … He enjoys playing the piano, anything from classical to pop. “I can’t read music but I pick up songs off YouTube,” he said. “I’d say my favorites are Beethoven and Chopin.”

Congratulations to Roman Mitchell!