HATTIESBURG, Miss. - They join a long line of Golden Eagles before them – Sammy Winder, Richard Byrd, Brett Favre, Sherrod Gideon and Austin Davis.
Those are just a few of the 16 pervious Southern Miss football players that have gone through the East-West Shrine Game week and went on to play in the National Football League.
Now, quarterback Nick Mullens and center Cameron Tom, get to experience that same week-long process of practicing in front of a multitude of scouts and then offered a chance to shine on game day as the duo continue their dreams of playing at the next level.
The two players were literally joined at the hip for the last four seasons.
Mullens broke several school passing records during his four seasons at the quarterback helm, including passing yards (11,994), touchdown passes (87), passing efficiency (137.81) and attempts (1,546), in which he was voted the C-USA Offensive Player of the Year following the 2015 campaign.
Tom completed his career by playing in 50 games and started his last 48, including his final three seasons at center. He garnered first-team All-Conference USA honors twice and was a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection.
During the 2015 season, the two helped the Golden Eagles to a school-record 7,133 total offensive yards as it marked the first time the school went over the 7,000-yard mark in its history.
Now the two will try to add to their personal history with their appearance at the East-West Game this week.
Game time is 2 p.m., Saturday, from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and can be seen on the NFL Network.
Mullens will wear No. 9 and Tom is slated to be in jersey No. 60.
Created by the Shriners in 1925, the East-West Shrine Game was the nation’s first college all-star football game. The game is driven by the desire to support Shriners Hospitals for Children in its mission to help children in need of expert medical care. More than 1 million children have benefited from Shriners Hospitals’ unique way of providing hope and healing, regardless of the families’ ability to pay for services.
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