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Nick Mullens Earns Pair of Awards

Dec. 2, 2013

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - On the strength of his best performance of the season, Southern Miss freshman quarterback Nick Mullens (Hoover, Ala.) garnered two awards Monday, being named Conference USA Co-Offensive Player of the Week as well as one of eight "Stars of the Week" as recognized by the Manning Award.

In a return to his hometown last weekend, Mullens threw for a school-record-tying five touchdowns and added another rushing score in a 62-27 victory over UAB.

Mullens' numbers included a season-high 370 yards on 24-of-39 passing attempts. His passing yardage total is the seventh-most in a game for a Golden Eagle and was his second 300-yard passing game of the year.

Mullens threw four of his touchdown passes in the second half as the Golden Eagles rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to score 49 second-half points. He finished the year by throwing eight TD passes over his last two games and passed for at least 200 yards in five of his six starts this season.

In addition, he tossed at least one touchdown pass in five of his six starts and averaged 276.5 yards per game throwing as a starter. He led the Golden Eagles on their seven longest scoring drives of this season and his season totals included 1,776 passing yards and 13 touchdown passes.

Mullens shared C-USA Offensive Player of the Week honors with North Texas senior RB Brandin Byrd, while Marshall freshman DL Gary Thompson won the Defensive Player of the Week nod and North Texas junior Mike Marshall garnered the Special Teams Player of the Week accolade.

As for The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, eight quarterbacks were named as "Stars of the Week," including Mullens, David Fales of San Jose State, Christian Hackenberg of Penn State, Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois, Sean Schroeder of Hawai'i. Trevor Siemian of Northwestern, P.J. Walker of Temple and Keith Wenning of Ball State.

College football fans can now go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page to vote for what they think was the best performance from this past weekend. When voting closes on Thursday at 11 a.m. (Central), the top vote-getter will be announced as the Manning Award Player of the Week. Fans can vote HERE.

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