Brandon Mitchell threw three passes and played just 15 snaps before going down to a broken left foot in North Carolina State's season opener.
His reward for fighting back to return to the Wolfpack lineup? A matchup with No. 3 Florida State's and the Seminoles' star freshman quarterback Jameis Winston.
The Arkansas graduate transfer joined the Wolfpack in time for preseason camp and won the starting job, with his athleticism makes him the right fit for a no-huddle attack that utilizes the quarterback in the running game. But after leading the Wolfpack to touchdowns on the first two drives of the season, Mitchell left after his third series with the injury that required surgery.
Mitchell said "this has been the game that's been circled for me to get back."