Nick Mullens

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Nick Mullens
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Mullens in 2017.
No. 4 – San Francisco 49ers
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1995-03-21) March 21, 1995 (age 23)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:213 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school:Spain Park (Hoover, Alabama)
College:Southern Miss
Undrafted:2017
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Second Team All-C-USA (2015)
  • C-USA Offensive Player of the Year (2015)
  • Honorable Mention All-C-USA (2016)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018
Passing completions:176
Passing attempts:274
Completion Percentage:64.2%
Passing yards:2,277
TDINT:13–10
Passer rating:90.8
Player stats at NFL.com

Nicholas Clayton "Nick" Mullens (born March 21, 1995), is a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League He played college football for the Southern Miss Golden Eagles football team, where in 2015 he set single-season school records for passing yardage (4,476) and number of touchdown passes (38)[1] breaking Brett Favre's past record in Southern Miss.

Early life[edit]

Nick Mullens was born March 21, 1995 in Little Rock, Arkansas and grew up in Hoover, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham. He is the grandson of Ernie Tabor, a pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1950s.[1] His uncle, Scott Tabor, pitched for the Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team and holds the record for most career wins. He graduated from Spain Park High School in Hoover.[2]

High school career[edit]

Mullens played football for Spain Park, emerging as the team's starting quarterback.[3] During his senior season, 2012, Mullens threw for 3,649 yards and 40 touchdowns, against only seven interceptions, en route to winning the 2012 Gatorade Player of the Year award for the state of Alabama.[3] He had totaled 8,605 career passing yards, finishing his high school career with the 7th most passing yards in AHSAA history, to go along with 40 passing touchdowns.[4]

After originally verbally committing to attend the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Mullens changed course on national signing day following a last-minute visit to the University of Southern Mississippi, signing instead with the Golden Eagles.[3]

College career[edit]

After starting the 2013 season with a 0–6 record, mired in an 18-game losing streak, Southern Miss head coach Todd Monken inserted true freshman Mullens as a starter for game seven, a home game against the University of North Texas.[5] The young team was overmatched by North Texas, however, suffering a 55–14 loss in which Mullens went 12-for-31 passing for 210 yards and one touchdown,[6] while suffering three interceptions and a lost fumble.[7]

In his second collegiate game, a loss to Marshall, Mullens became the first true freshman starting quarterback in Southern Miss history to pass for more than 300 yards in a single game, a feat never accomplished during his freshman year by the school's most famous football alumnus, Brett Favre.[8]

On November 30, 2013, Mullens played a key role in helping Southern Miss end its losing streak at 24 games with a five-touchdown performance against the University of Alabama-Birmingham.[9]

Mullens wound up passing for 1,776 yards as a freshman in 2013 and 2,470 yards as sophomore in 2014.[10][11]

In the 2015 regular season, Mullens completed 331 of 521 passes (63.5%) for 4,476 yards and 38 touchdowns — school records for passing yardage and touchdown passes.[4] He ranked sixth among NCAA Division I FBS quarterbacks in passing yardage. Mullens' efforts were instrumental in a reversal of fortunes of the Southern Miss football program, with the team posting a 9–5 record for the year just two seasons after snapping its abysmal 24-game losing streak.[12]

On October 1, 2016, against the Rice Owls, he threw for a collegiate career-high 591 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception in the 44–28 victory.[13]

In four seasons at Southern Mississippi (2013–2016), played in 44 games (41 starts) and completed 928 of 1,546 attempts for 11,994 yards and 87 touchdowns. In 2016, made 11 starts and completed 243 of 384 atts., for 3,272 yds. and 24 TDs, averaging 297.5 passing yds. pergame. He started all 14 games as a junior in 2015 as the Golden Eagles finished with more than 7,000 yards of offense for the first time in school history. In 2014, started 10 games and completed 218 of 365 atts. for 2,470 passing yds. and 12 touchdowns. As a freshman in 2013, appeared in nine games (six starts) and threw for 1,776 yds. and 13 touchdowns while earning Conference USA All-Freshman honors.[1]

Mullens finished his collegiate career at Southern Miss as the career passing leader in every statistical category.[14] His 11,994 yards passing and 87 touchdown passes dwarfed the 7,695 yards and 52 touchdowns registered by future NFL great Brett Favre during his four years with the Golden Eagles.[15]

Statistics[edit]

NCAA career statistics
Southern Miss Golden Eagles
Season Games Record Passing Rushing
G GS Comp Att Yards Avg Lng Pct TD Int Rate Att Yards Avg Lng TD
2013 9 6 1–5 136 276 1,776 6.4 81 49.3 13 14 108.7 40 −103 −2.6 13 2
2014 10 10 3–7 218 365 2,470 6.8 44 59.7 12 9 122.5 49 39 0.8 31 0
2015 14 14 9–5 331 521 4,476 8.6 69 63.5 38 12 155.2 43 −92 −2.1 17 3
2016 11 11 7–4 243 384 3,272 8.5 93 63.3 24 11 149.8 51 −54 −1.1 9 4
Career 44 41 20–21 928 1,546 11,994 7.8 93 60.0 87 46 137.8 183 −210 −1.1 31 9

Reference[16]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
214 lb
(97 kg)
4.90 s 1.65 s 2.84 s 4.47 s 7.40 s 31 in
(0.79 m)
8 ft 8 in
(2.64 m)
All values from Southern Miss’ Pro Day[17]

2017 season[edit]

On May 4, 2017, Mullens signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent.[18] He entered training camp as the fourth backup quarterback on the depth chart behind veterans Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, and rookie C. J. Beathard.[19]

On September 2, 2017, the 49ers waived Mullens as part of their final roster cuts, but signed him to the practice squad the next day.[20][21] On January 2, 2018, the 49ers signed Mullens to a reserve/futures contract after spending his entire rookie season on the practice squad.[22]

2018 season[edit]

On September 1, 2018, Mullens was waived by the 49ers and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[23][24] On September 26, 2018, the 49ers promoted Mullens to their active roster after starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL and was placed on injured reserve for the rest of the season.[25] The terms of his new contract were for two years and $1.05 million.[26]

External video
Nick Mullens throws his first career touchdown
Nick Mullens’ Week 9 Highlights

On November 1, 2018, Mullens was named the starter for the 49ers’ Week 9 game against the Oakland Raiders on Thursday Night Football after starter C. J. Beathard suffered a wrist injury the previous game. Mullens finished his regular season debut and first career start completing 16 of 22 pass attempts for 262 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions, as the 49ers defeated the Oakland Raiders by a score of 34–3.[27] His passer rating of 151.9 was the highest since 1970 for a quarterback with at least 20 passing attempts in a debut. Mullens was also the first player in 49ers history to throw three touchdowns in his first game for the team.[28] He completed a 24-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Pierre Garçon in the first quarter to mark his first NFL touchdown pass.[29] The following week against the New York Giants, Mullens threw for 250 yards, 1 touchdown, and was intercepted twice by linebacker BJ Goodson as the 49ers lost by a score of 27-23.[30] Mullens made his first road start during Week 12. Facing the Tampa Bay Buccanneers, he threw for 221 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions as the 49ers lost by a score of 27-9. During Week 13 against the Seattle Seahawks, Mullens finished with a career-high 414 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception as the 49ers lost by a score of 43-16.[31] In Week 14 against the Denver Broncos, he passed for 332 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception as the 49ers won by a score of 20-14.[32] In week 15, Mullens threw for 275 yards and a touchdown to beat the Seattle Seahawks in overtime.[33]

NFL statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Passing Rushing Sacked Fumbles
GP GS Comp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD Sck SckY FUM Lost
2018 SF 8 8 176 274 64.2 2,277 8.3 13 10 90.8 18 -16 -0.9 0 17 127 2 0
Career 8 8 176 274 64.2 2,277 8.3 13 10 90.8 18 -16 -0.9 0 17 127 2 0

Personal life[edit]

Mullens is the son of Suzanne and Mark Mullens. He has an older brother, Frank, and an older sister, Heather. [1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d San Francisco 49ers 2018 Media Guide. http://media.49ers.com/section_display.cfm?section_id=338: 49ers.com. 2018. p. 242.
  2. ^ Sherman, Robert (November 26, 2018). "Nick Mullens: From Spain Park to the 49ers". WIAT. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Tim Doherty, "Mullen Picks Eagles," Hattiesburg American, January 29, 2013, pp. 1, 3.
  4. ^ a b "2016 Football Roster: Nick Mullens," University of Southern Mississippi, southernmiss.com/
  5. ^ Associated Press, "Southern Miss Hopes QB Change Sparks Turnaround," McComb [MS] Enterprise-Journal, October 25, 2013, pg. A12.
  6. ^ Associated Press, "USM Losing Streak Climbs to 19 in Defeat to N. Texas," McComb Enterprise-Journal, October 27, 2013, pg. A7.
  7. ^ "North Texas 55, Southern Miss 14," Jackson Clarion-Ledger, October 27, 2013, pg. C4.
  8. ^ "Couple of Milestones for Mullens,"] Jackson Clarion-Ledger, November 6, 2013, pg. C4.
  9. ^ "Southern Miss 62, UAB 27," Jackson Clarion-Ledger, December 1, 2013, pg. D2.
  10. ^ Flynn, Bryan. "Nick Mullens". www.jacksonfreepress.com. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  11. ^ "Chip Lindsey's path to becoming Auburn's offensive coordinator went through Southern Miss". The Montgomery Advertiser. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  12. ^ Phillips, Cody. "How Did Nick Mullens Make It To Where He Is Today?". The Herald on the Hill. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  13. ^ "Rice at Southern Mississippi Box Score, October 1, 2016". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  14. ^ "Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles Passing". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  15. ^ "Brett Favre: College Stats," Sportsreference.com/
  16. ^ "Nick Mullens stats". www.sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  17. ^ "Nick Mullens, DS #40 QB, Southern Miss". DraftScout.com. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  18. ^ "49ers Sign 6 Draft Picks, 18 Undrafted Free Agents". 49ers.com. May 4, 2017.
  19. ^ "49ers comprehensive camp preview: Quarterbacks". ninerswire.usatoday.com. July 26, 2017. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  20. ^ "49ers Cut Roster Down to 53 Players". 49ers.com. September 2, 2017.
  21. ^ "49es Claim DL Xavier Cooper off Waivers, Sign 8 Players to Practice Squad". 49ers.com. September 3, 2017.
  22. ^ "49ers Sign Nine Players to Reserves/Future Contracts". 49ers.com. January 2, 2018.
  23. ^ "49ers Cut 21 Players, Get Roster Down to 53". 49ers.com. September 1, 2018.
  24. ^ "49ers Sign 9 Players to the Practice Squad". 49ers.com. September 2, 2018.
  25. ^ "49ers Place Jimmy Garoppolo on IR, Call up Nick Mullens and Announce Other Roster Moves". 49ers.com. September 26, 2018.
  26. ^ "Spotrac.com: Nick Mullens contract". spotrac.com. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  27. ^ Wesseling, Chris (November 1, 2018). "Nick Mullens shines in NFL debut against Raiders". NFL.com. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  28. ^ Wagoner, Nick (November 1, 2018). "Nick Mullens puts up historic numbers in NFL debut as 49ers cruise". ESPN. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  29. ^ "Mullens throws two TD passes on first two drives of career". NBCS Bay Area. November 1, 2018. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  30. ^ "Eli Manning guides Giants past Nick Mullens, 49ers". al.com. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  31. ^ "Mullens's 414 Pass Yds Not Nearly Enough; 49ers Lose 43-16 To Seahawks". CBS San Francisco. December 2, 2018. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  32. ^ "Robert Saleh, Nick Mullens show well with eye toward next season". www.sfchronicle.com. December 10, 2018. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  33. ^ "Stock report after 49ers' overtime win over Seahawks". www.ninersnation.com. December 18, 2018. Retrieved December 21, 2018.