HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Southern Miss quarterback Nick Mullens has come a long way in the last two years. The scrawny kid who was thrust into action as a true freshman has matured and turned into one of the most prolific passers in the country.
Heading into the Conference USA opener against North Texas this weekend at The Rock, Mullens ranks in the Top 25 in the NCAA in 10 different statistical categories. The junior quarterback is in the Top 10 in the country in passing yards (5th) and passing yards per game (8th).
This season, Mullens has amassed 1,366 yards in the air in just four games for an average of 341.5 yards per game.
He finished the game against Nebraska with a career-high 447 passing yards. His performance marked the fourth time in school history that a quarterback threw for more than 400 yards, making him the only QB in school history to accomplish the feat twice.
Entering conference play, Mullens has thrown for 10 touchdowns, which ranks 12th in the NCAA. In addition, the quarterback ranks 15th in the NCAA in completions per game and total offense, while also ranking in points responsible for (16th), passing yards per completion (21st), points responsible for per game (21st), yards per pass attempt (21st) and passing efficiency.
The Hoover, Ala. native stepped into the starting quarterback roll as a true freshman, starting the final six games of the 2013 season. For his efforts as a rookie, Mullens was named to the 2013 Conference USA All-Freshman Team. In addition, he was named C-USA Player of the Week, following the Golden Eagles’ 62-27 victory on the road at UAB.
In his 20 career starts, Mullens has tallied 18 total 200-yard passing games, which ranks third in school history behind Austin Davis (32) and Jeff Kelly (22). His seven 300-yard passing games is second in the Southern Miss record books behind only Davis (17). Mullens has amassed 5,612 career passing yards with 35 passing touchdowns.
This season, Mullens has notched 18 completions of 25 yards or more. Thirteen players have caught at least one pass this season, including 11 different players against Mississippi State. With eight games remaining in the season, the junior is just three passing touchdowns shy of his season-best (13).
This Saturday will be an action-packed day at The Rock as several exciting promotions, as well as a huge halftime fireworks show, highlight the C-USA home opener against North Texas.
Game time is set for 6 p.m., at Carlisle-Faulkner Field at M.M. Roberts Stadium. Tickets can be purchased by going online at SouthernMissTickets.com, by calling 1-800-844-TICK (8425) or by visiting the Pat Ferlise Ticket Office weekdays from 8 a.m., until 5 p.m.