Nick Mullens signs with 49ers
By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Sports Editor
San Francisco, Calif. – Former Shelby County Player of the Year and All County standout quarterback at Spain Park, Nick Mullens, has signed an undrafted free agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers.
Mullens has a storied career that features plenty of records at both Spain Park and the University of Southern Miss where he was a four-year starter for the Golden Eagles.
In his high school career with the Jags, Mullens threw for total of 8,605 yards, which was seventh most in the state’s history, and racked up several top awards including being named as the 2012 Gatorade Player of the Year in Alabama. During his senior season alone, the two-star recruit threw for 3,649 yards, which was fifth most in AHSAA single-season history and for 40 touchdowns, which tied for ninth all-time in a single season.
While at Spain Park, he also played under Chip Lindsey, who is known for developing quarterbacks and was recently named as Auburn’s new offensive coordinator for that reason.
Once he departed from a very polished career with the Jaguars, Mullens headed to Southern Miss where he didn’t let up with his impressive skill set. He turned heads immediately and became the starter a little less than halfway through his freshman season in 2013 as he went on to start the final six games before going on to be named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team.
His freshman and sophomore year combine, Mullens threw for 4,246 yards combined and 25 total touchdowns, but his career really took off during his junior year with the Golden Eagles.
With two years of experience under his belt, Mullens beat his combined total up to that point by throwing for 4,476 yards and 38 touchdowns as he made noise around the country for his unbelievable season. He led Southern Miss to 7,000-plus yards of offense for the first time in program history and finished the season with the sixth most passing yards in all of Division 1 college football, which earned him the honor of 2015 Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year.
In his career with the Eagles, Mullens threw for a total of 11,994 yards and 87 touchdowns.
After signing with the 49ers on Saturday, April 29, once the NFL Draft came to an end, Mullens posted a childhood drawing of Joe Montana on Twitter saying, “I’ve known about the 49ers since second grade and now I can’t wait to be a part of the organization! Ready to get to work in San Fran.”
Mullens will be expected at rookie minicamp very soon as he looks to battle for a spot on the officialy roster come this fall.