One of the interesting aspects of UNT’s game against Southern Miss tomorrow is that the Golden Eagles are rolling out a new starting quarterback in Nick Mullens.
We don’t usually delve too much into UNT’s opponents’ star players on the blog unless there is a good reason to do so.
This seems like one of those times when it’s worth it.
So, who is Nick Mullens?
He’s a 6-2 pocket passer, who has thrown for 117 yards in limited action this season. The Sun-Herald wrote this feature story on him in yesterday’s paper.
Southern Miss turned to him when Alan Bridgford struggled.
“What Nick showed us Saturday was his ability to create when things break down,” Southern Miss head coach Todd Monken said. “The bottom line is we need a spark.”
Mullens is from Alabama and was not heavily recruited. He picked Southern Miss over UAB.
This goes without saying, but it bodes well for UNT that its defense will face a quarterback with limited experience. UNT has thrived in forcing turnovers this season. The Mean Green isn’t the best pass rushing team out there, but should be able to get to him and force some mistakes.
That might be all UNT needs considering its offense seems to be finding its form midway through the season.