Southern Miss senior quarterback Nick Mullens and his All-Conference USA center will have their shot to impress the NFL scouts next month.
The East-West Shrine Game announced Monday that Mullens and Cameron Tom, a Baton Rouge native, have accepted invitations to play in the Jan. 21 game in St. Petersburg, Florida. The game will kick off at 2 p.m. and be broadcast on the NFL Network.
Both players have drawn buzz as potential NFL draft picks and a nice showing in Florida ahead of the game at Tropicana Field could boost their stock.
Tom is ranked seventh out of 101 senior centers by NFLDraftScout.com and the same web site ranks Mullens 25th out of 178 quarterbacks.
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Tom was a starter on the USM offensive line starting early in his freshman season. The senior is listed at 6-foot-4, 287 pounds.
Mullens also took over as a starter at USM about midway through his freshman campaign and broke plenty of school passing records. He threw for 11,994 yards and 87 touchdowns at USM, surpassing Austin Davis (2008-11) for career marks at the school.
Mullens missed the majority of three games during his senior year, but still managed to complete 63.3 percent of his passes for 3,272 yards, 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
USM finished 7-6 with a 28-21 win over Louisiana-Lafayette in the New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 17.