Mitch Mustain talks Feb. arrest, pro day
March, 30, 2011
By Pedro Moura | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Former USC quarterback Mitch Mustain made the news -- maybe the biggest news he made in four years in the Trojans' program -- on national signing day last month when he was arrested on a felony narcotics charge of selling prescription drugs.
But he tried to put that behind him Wednesday at USC's annual pro day event held for departing players to work out in front of NFL scouts, coaches and general managers. Mustain was the only quarterback in attendance and he threw to a number of pass-catchers in throwing and catching drills, including receiver Ronald Johnson, tight end Jordan Cameron and running backs Allen Bradford and C.J. Gable.
In all, he threw about 60 passes, plus ran 40-yard dashes timed between 4.90 and 4.93 and put up 18 repetitions of 225 pounds.
"I think he did great today," Johnson said. "He was the only quarterback here -- I'm surprised he didn't throw his arm out."
Mustain said he didn't change any of his throwing fundamentals in the offseason, but his throwing motion looked a lot sharper than it did in his one start last season at Notre Dame and half of play against Oregon State. When he missed Wednesday, he was missing slightly long -- not the worst way to miss.
As for the narcotics arrest, Mustain avoided a felony charge and will only a face a pre-trial diversion program, which includes 100 hours of community service and a drug education program. He also must not be involved in a police incident for a year.
The arrest happened when Mustain sold a substance he passed off as ADD drug Adderall to an undercover officer. The drug was later revealed to be lisdexamfetamine dimesylate -- a similar drug, but not Adderall -- and Mustain was thus left off the hook because of the drug's different status with police.
He said Wednesday he doesn't believe the arrest will cause any problems for him going forward.
"I don't feel like there's an issue with that," he said. "It was an isolated incident, and I feel like I've more than proven myself beyond that. That'll take care of itself."
Mustain was projected only as a late-round pick before the incident, so at this time it's not considered likely he'll be drafted next month. He said teams have not been overly enthused about his play thus far in the workout process but sounded somewhat optimistic for the future.
"Again, I only have to impress one team," Mustain said. "Get that one, and get on somewhere."