Former Gamecock QB Allen Mitchell Dies

Courtesy: Augusta Chronicle


By Sports Department

(WOLO) -- Former USC quarterback Allen Mitchell died Sunday from an apparent suicide, according to multiple reports.

Mitchell was one of the quarterbacks on the 1984 Gamecock squad, the "Black Magic" team. Mitchell helped lead USC to its first 10-win season. The Gamecocks started off the season with 9-straight wins, finished with a 10-2 record, and peaked at no. 2 in the polls. They finished the season with a no. 11 ranking, the best ranking in school history at the time.

Mitchell also lettered for Carolina from 1983-1985. During his stint at USC, Mitchell passed for 2,201 yards, which is 14th best on USC's all-time career passing list.

Mitchell is the third Gamecock in the past two years to die of an apparent suicide. Former USC wide receiver Kenny McKinley died almost two years ago from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. This summer, another former receiver, OJ Murdock, was found dead in his car in Tampa. Both were receivers on USC's 2006 roster.

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Wren6510 said on Monday, Sep 10 at 9:02 AM

Prayers are with his family. Allen was a hard-working, family man and a good friend to my husband. So sad to hear.

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