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Maurice Mitchell
Maurice Mitchell

MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Sports Hall of Fame will induct four new members on Saturday, April 14, 2012 in the Great Lakes Room of the University Center. A social hour beginning at 6 p.m. will kick off the evening which will be followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m. The Sports Hall of Fame ceremony is being held in conjunction with the Student-Athlete Awards Banquet.

The third 2012 inductee into the NMU Sports Hall of Fame is Maurice Mitchell. He was a four-year starter on the football team from 1973-76. Mitchell was a member of the 1975 NCAA National Championship team and was a Kodak All-American Wide Receiver in 1976. He played in the 1976 North-South Shrine Game and was selected 288th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 11th round of 1977 National Football League Draft.

“Maurice was a great receiver with phenomenal speed,” former NMU head coach Gil Krueger said. “We had such great players back in those days and they made our coaching staff look good.”

Mitchell was named the team’s most valuable offensive back in 1976. He led the ‘Cats in receiving in 1974 and 1976. Mitchell had 365 yards on 24 catches with a touchdown in 1974 and 1,183 yards on 57 catches with eight touchdowns in 1976. In the 1975 National Championship game, he had 113 yards receiving on four grabs.

“Maurice found some big openings in the National Championship game,” Krueger said. “They (Western Kentucky) switched from a zone to a man-to-man and we picked them apart. They had to switch back to the zone to stay in the game.”

“Maurice was very quiet, unlike his position partner Zach Fowler, but he worked hard and used his experience to become even better during his senior year,” said Krueger. “He had a very good connection with Steve Mariucci our quarterback.”

Tickets for the evening are $20 for adults and $15 for students. They can be purchased at the NMU Superior Dome Ticket Office or by calling 906-227-1032.

The banquet is sponsored in part by Superior Oasis and Downtown EyeCare.

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