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Arkansas quarterback Brandon Mitchell, three others granted release

Brandon Mitchell Quarterback Brandon Mitchell will transfer from Arkansas heading into the 2013 season. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

By Zac Ellis

Arkansas quarterback Brandon Mitchell will transfer to another program, the school announced on Monday. Mitchell will graduate from Arkansas this summer and be eligible to play immediately elsewhere this fall.

In a statement, coach Bret Bielema also announced defensive end Austin Flynn, safety Defonta Lowe and kick returner Keante Minor were granted releases.

"After concluding post-spring meetings with every member of our team, Austin Flynn, Defonta Lowe, Keante Minor and Brandon Mitchell have been granted their release from the University of Arkansas football program. Through meetings with these student-athletes, a determination was made that it would be mutually beneficial for them to pursue their goals elsewhere. Brandon is on track to earn his degree this summer and utilize the NCAA graduate transfer exception to play immediately this fall. We fully support them and wish them all the best moving forward."

Mitchell served as Tyler Wilson's backup in 2011, but he transferred to wide receiver last season, where he caught 17 passes for 272 yards. Mitchell shifted back to quarterback this spring, but Brandon Allen exited practice as the team's starter.

Flynn played in 12 games last season but was arrested on a driving while intoxicated charge in February. He took a leave from the program the following month and ultimately decided to depart the team.

Lowe played in four games as a freshman in 2012, making one tackle. Minor returned nine punts for 55 yards and three kickoffs for 67 yards in 21 games during his Arkansas career.

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