During his high school years, Mitch Mustain was the most coveted quarterback prospect in the country. He was recruited by nearly every major college football program in the United States. In fact, he was considered a better prospect than eventual Heisman-winner Tim Tebow. Mustain became a household name in Arkansas before he even started playing varsity football. He was awarded the Hall Trophy as National High School Player of the Year and he was named to the All-American team. He also won similar accolades from USA Today and Gatorade.
After high school, Mustain attended the University of Arkansas on a scholarship. During his first season, Mustain started eight games and led the Razorbacks to a 8-0 record. He was also named the starting quarterback for the West team in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. He also led Arkansas to a 26-20 victory over South Carolina in 2006. In addition to his football achievements, Mustain also played basketball and baseball in college.
In 2007, Mustain transferred to the University of Southern California (USC). He was recruited by head coach Damian Williams, and was considered a great fit for the USC Trojans’ West Coast offense. Mustain was also considered a better prospect than Jimmy Clausen, who was offered by Notre Dame.
After his freshman year, Mustain sat out a few games due to NCAA transfer rules. After the season, Mustain signed a 10-day free agent contract with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. He played eight games with the Intimidators, recording two strikeouts in two scoreless innings. Then he signed a contract with the Chicago White Sox development system in 2012. He made his professional American football debut in 2012, and later joined the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League. In 2013, Mustain replaced injured quarterback Russ Michna. He went on to play nine games with the SaberCats and recorded two wins.
After his playing career, Mustain was signed as a back-up for the legendary Arena Football League quarterback Aaron Garcia. In 2010, Mustain was selected to the All-American team. He also received the Service Team Player of the Year award (offense) from the Trojan football team.
After Mustain’s junior year, he was named the starting quarterback for the West team in U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He threw 21-for-38 passes for 183 yards and one interception. He also led the team to a win in the Southeast Select 7on7 tournament in Hoover, Alabama. The team was also ranked fourth in the nation by USA Today.
Mustain was considered the best quarterback in the country in 2006. He was named to the National Player of the Year by Parade Magazine and he was awarded the Hall Trophy as National High School player of the year. During his freshman year, Mustain led the Razorbacks to a record of 8-1 and was named to the All-SEC first team. He also led the team to a victory over powerhouse Shreveport Evangel in the second game of the season.