The controversy surrounding Mitch Mustain, once a highly recruited quarterback and Gus Malzahn coached high school player, had just faded into the mist…. A Los Angeles police spokesperson has confirmed to NFLDraftMonsters that former USC/Arkansas QB Mitch Mustain has been arrested on suspicion of selling prescription narcotics. He has been charged with an unspecified felony and was being held in a Van Nuys, Calif., jail on $30,000 bail.
Mustain, once heralded as the quarterback Arkansas had never had, went 8-0 as a starter his freshman season at Arkansas, only to be replaced late in the season by Casey Dick after throwing an interception early against South Carolina.
Mustain, a much touted recruit, was one of a large crop of students that went from Springdale High School in Arkansas, to the University of Arkansas (Tennessee Titans wide receiver Damian Williams was another) along with their coach Gus Malzahn.
All of the notoriety that came from that class, as well as Arkansas’ success that year may have caused tensions between new offensive coordinator Malzahn and perennially hated vanilla playcaller/head coach Houston Nutt. Whatever the story behind the scenes, Malzahn left after the season to be the offensive coordinator at Tulsa, and Mustain and Williams transferred to USC.
While Williams was able to continue his high level of play at USC, Mustain bounced around as the second and third string quarterback to John David Booty, Mark Sanchez, Aaron Corp, and Matt Barkley.
Update: The national media has now picked up on this story, and Per ESPN, the substance Mustain was attempting to pass off as Adderall, was actually a similar substance that is not a controlled substance. As this is Mustain’s first run in with law enforcement, he will not be charged with a felony, and bail was lowered from $30,000 to $10,000.