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Mitchell Loewen continues to impress at Arkansas
March 8, 2013 - Robert Collias
Mitchell Loewen is still listed as a linebacker for the University of Arkansas football team, wearing No. 52 on the team roster.
The Lahainaluna graduate continues to turn heads, however, as the first MIL football player ever to suit up in the SEC — he was moved to tight end late last season.
He has caught the eye of Ben Herbert, the Arkansas strength and conditioning coach who had a conference call Thursday with media prior to the start of the Hogs' spring practice.
"I tell you what, those two tight ends, Alex Voelzke and Mitchell Loewen . . . and I don’t think Loewen even played tight end before," Herbert said. "And I guess they were walk-ons. Those two are turning into guys that are really starting to flourish. It’s going to be exciting to see if they can carry it over onto the field."
Herbert wrapped up his 22-minute media session with this:
"And then those two tight ends (Loewen and Voelzke), I can’t say enough about those guys. Walk-ons, to me – we’ve had a lot of walk-ons in my past that I’ve seen be successful – and those guys right out of the gate, I didn’t know they were walk-ons. But they’ve made a difference. I think they have very bright futures. Mitchell Loewen, I don’t think he’s played the tight end position before. But it was one of the things I told Coach B (Bret Bielema). I thought he was a two- or three-year starter. He bends well, he’s strong, he’s aggressive. Interested to see him get comfortable and go out and apply some of the things that he does, because he’s a big, physical kid who has a little bit of a streak in him. He’s going to be a fun one to watch."
How about that?
I got a text yesterday from Richard Davenport, the recruiting page writer for the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, letting me know the Hogs beat writers are starting to pay attention to Loewen. Beat writer Thomas Murphy said this on Twitter:
"Ark S&C coach Ben Herbert talked up several players, he definitely likes walk-on TEs Mitchell @hawaiianhog Loewen and Alex Voelzke"
And here is Loewen's Twitter feed — @Hawaiianhog, love the handle — let's help him get to triple digits in followers.
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