That is the title that was given to Mentor’s Mitch Trubisky after his senior year at Mentor. It was a senior year that high school athletes could only dream about. The regular season for Trubisky was great, but where he really excelled was in the state playoffs. After a first round win against Warren Harding, Mentor and Trubisky would have to face off against mighty St. Edward. In a game for the ages, Mentor would erase a 21 point St. Edward lead in the last quarter and a half, and go on to upset the Eagles 63-56, at Byers Field in Parma, in a game the would forever be known as “Bedlam at Byers”. St. Edward head coach Rick Finotti was more than impressed:
We played Braxton Miller in the state championship game in 2010, and Trubisky was extending plays just like him. Plus, he has a cannon for an arm. We just couldn’t stop him when it mattered most…. St. Edward coach Rick Finotti
The next week, if you could believe it, was even better. Right back at Byers Field against another powerhouse in St. Ignatius. The teams battled back and forth through four quarters. St. Ignatius tied the game with five seconds left, sending the game into overtime. The teams would battle through three overtimes, until Trubisky hit Brandon Fritts on a two point conversion at the third overtime to win 57-56. Trubisky would finish with 411 passing and two touchdowns, while rushing for 135 yards and four touchdowns. It was an epic performance in an epic game. It truly was “Football at its Finest”. St. Ignatius head coach Chuck Kyle knew what he was up against in Trubisky:
It came down to overtime, and when Mitch and the boys start at the 20, it’s really hard to stop them…. St. Ignatius coach Chuck Kyle
The dream ended for the Cardinals the next week in the state semi-finals against Toledo Whitmer, but not before Trubisky put together another 400 yards of total offense, passing for 350 and running for 102. He left Mentor as their all-time leading passer, and put his stamp on being one of the best players to come out of the Cleveland area in the last 25 years. Even after defeating Trubisky and Mentor, Toledo Whitmer coach Jerry Bell may have paid Trubisky the ultimate compliment:
He was everything we saw on film and then some. He is an unbelievable player, and deserves every award and attention that comes his way. He was unbelievable tonight. Everything we threw at him it seemed like he had an answer for….Toledo Whitmer head coach Jerry Bell
Trubisky was almost sentimental when discussing the end of his high school career:
I will never forget this ride I have been on with this team…. Mitch Trubisky
So what is Mitch Trubisky up to now?
Trubisky decided to continue his playing career at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He enrolled early (In January) and was able to participate in spring practice last season.
In the 2013 season, Trubisky was red-shirted. That means he got to practice with the team everyday, but was not eligible to play in any of the games, or his redshirt would be revoked. In turn, he gained another year of eligibility.
This season, he competed for the starting quarterback job with senior Marquis Williams. Although he didn’t win the job, Trubisky has served as a valuable backup, as he as seen action in six out of the eight games North Carolina has played.
His biggest contribution came October 26th in a game against Virginia. With Williams having to sit out a play because his helmet came off, Trubisky came into the game facing a third down and fifteen yards to go from the Virginia 18 yard line. No problem. It was “Vinatge Trubisky”. He proceeded to throw a touchdown pass to T.J. Thorpe that proved to be the game winner. (See video above)
For the season, the red shirt freshman has completed 27 of 50 passes for 253 yards and three touchdowns. With Williams graduating, Trubisky COULD become a three year starter for the Tar Heels
There should be many more memorable performances from Mitch Trubisky