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Does Mitch Mustain still have a shot at the NFL?

By: 13 March 2011 One Comment

Just when it looks like Mitch Mustain’s career has come to an end, the plucky Springdale native’s name resurfaces.

It seems that there are some who still view the former Arkansas Razorbacks and USC Trojans quarterback as a viable NFL draft pick. Robert Wayerski, in this post for Bleacher Report, suggests that Mustain would be a good fit for the struggling San Francisco 49ers.

Why’s that intriguing? It appeared that Mustain was facing felony charges just last month for allegedly selling prescription drugs online. Yes, Mustain was accused of selling Adderall — a controlled substance — to an undercover officer. It turns out that Mustain was trying to pass off something else as Adderall — lisdexamfetamine dimesylate. That’s not a controlled substance, so the charge has been reduced to a misdemeanor.

In other words, Mustain was saved from serious trouble by essentially being dishonest. That’s a lucky break for the kid.

What might not be lucky for Mustain is the little matter of an NFL lockout as the players and owners haven’t yet come to a new labor agreement. While the NFL draft is still scheduled for April 28-30, no contracts can be signed until a new labor agreement is in place and teams can again sign players.

At any rate, there are more than a few people out there who hope things finally work out for Mustain. Things were looking up for the lad when he was named the Gatorade, Parade and USA Today player of the year after leading Springdale High School to a state championship in 2005.

He was heavily recruited, but decided to attend the University of Arkansas where he fought with then head coach Houston Nutt, was involved in a controversy or two and then transferred to USC.

Mustain, thus far, has been a study in unrealized potential. Maybe he’ll get the chance to prove himself in the NFL.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.

One Comment »

  • mike said:

    My mother is from springdale and is associated with the Mustain family through work. My boys (10,11 at the time) are football players and after watching their first springdale hs game, became Mitch Mustain fans. That Christmas my eldest son wanted one thing; a football signed by Mitch. I bought a ball and had my mother ask if he would sign it. His mother refused as she was afraid that his autographs would be worth less when he was a star if he signed things then. His main deficiency is his overbearing mother and his self-focussed, weak character. Concordantly, my sons and most people who admired his gifts have grown to pity his inability to turn this talent into success. His football career has been over since leaving Arkansas in his undisciplined search for immediate success. He should consider a career in pharma sales.

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