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Former Cardinals RB Stump Mitchell Expected to Join Bruce Arians’ Coaching Staff

February 5th, 2013 at 5:31 AM
By Steve Smith

'AZ Cardinals Team Logo' photo (c) 2008, J Lian - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The Arizona Cardinals are expected to name former Red Birds running back Stump Mitchell as their new running backs coach, according to Mike Jurecki of XTRA910  radio in Phoenix.

The Kingsland, GA native was the running backs coach of the Seattle Seahawks from 1999-2007 and the Washington Redskins from 2008-09. The 53-year old Mitchell was the head coach at Southern University from 2010-12 where he compiled a 6-18 record.

Cardinals fans will remember Mitchell well. He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the ninth round of the 1981 NFL Draft (226th overall). He spent nine seasons with the Red Birds as a versatile running back and dangerous return man and was with the club when they relocated to the desert in 1988.

The Citadel product had 11,988 career all-purpose yards, the most in franchise history.  

His finest year in the NFL came in 1985 when he rushed for 1,006 yards and scored seven touchdowns.  His 5.5 yards per rushing attempt led the NFL.

Mitchell was also a very effective pass receiver out of the backfield – he finished with 209 career catches, including a career-high 47 during the 1985 campaign .

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