Utes Prep For Blackout Game With Donovan Mitchell Jersey

Sep 14, 2018, 4:44 AM | Updated: Sep 24, 2018, 4:53 am

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The University of Utah Football team will battle the 10th ranked Washington Huskies on Saturday at Rice Eccles Stadium in their annual blackout game.

The Utes equipment staff is busy getting all of the uniforms ready to go for Saturday. However, they did take some time to create one for Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, who has been to a couple of Utah Football games in his short time in Salt Lake City.

The soon to be second year player from Louisville averaged 20.5 points per game in his rookie season with the Utah Jazz. Mitchell was impressed with the gift from the Utes in his response to their tweet.

Since Mitchell’s arrival last summer, when he was selected 13th overall in the first round of the NBA Draft. He has really embraced the state of Utah and spends his off-time catching a Utah, BYU, Real Salt Lake or Salt Lake Bees game.

Mitchell was at Utah’s season opener against Weber State on August 30th at Rice Eccles Stadium. He was hanging out with a former Utah Ute and current Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma.

The BYU Football team welcomed the young star to the state by giving him a shirt. He still hasn’t attended a BYU game at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

Mitchell along with fellow Utah Jazz guard Raul Neto attended a BYU Basketball game at the Marriott Center to watch Cougars battle Portland, where they won 69-45 on December 28, 2017.

Donovan took in a Real Salt Lake game as they faced the Colorado Rapids. Mitchell was joined by Utah Jazz teammate and first year guard, Royce O’Neale and Mitchell’s girlfriend Deja Lighty. RSL would draw with Colorado 2-2

University of Utah Men’s Basketball Coach Larry Krystkowiak took advantage of having “Spida Mitchell” in town. He had the NBA rookie of the year runner-up address the Runnin’ Utes in August.

On an off-night for the Utah Jazz, Mitchell decided to go to the Jon M. Huntsman Center to watch the Utah Basketball team beat Hawaii 80-60. The MUSS gave him a Christmas sweater.

One place that Donovan Mitchell hasn’t visited is Logan. Utah State fans hope he can make it up north. The student section (the Hurd) reached out to Donovan Mitchell and Royce O’Neale and even had former Aggie and current Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner trying to recruit the Jazz duo to Maverik Stadium.

Mitchell had an opportunity to throw out the first pitch at the Salt Lake Bees game on June 29th, shortly after Mitchell was drafted to the Utah Jazz. The Bees lost to the Reno Aces 3-2. Mitchell has a love for baseball as well as basketball. He grew up around the game and his father, Donovan Mitchell Sr. is the Director of Player Relations for the New York Mets.

Like most people who visit the state of Utah, Donovan Mitchell came away very impressed with the scenery. Fans in the state hope that he will be in a Jazz uniform for a very long time.

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