By LARRY VAUGHT
Southern Mississippi’s Nick Mullens could be the best quarterback that Kentucky will face this season. He’s one of the nation’s most productive returning quarterbacks and certainly will test the UK defense Saturday night.
“I think along with having a very accurate arm, he makes very good decisions. He manages the game well. He knows the situations,” Kentucky defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot said. “He knows what to do with the ball, and so he’s not only an excellent passer. He’s also an excellent decision maker.”
Eliot said he can’t remember facing another quarterback quite like Mullens.
“He’s still effective in the run game, too. He’s pulled it a few times and gotten some good yards. He’s effective running the ball and scrambles well at times, too. And on top of that, he’s an excellent passer that makes good decisions. I can’t think of anybody offhand who he reminds me of,” Eliot said
The Eagles also have a proven running back in Ito Smith.
“He’s more a slasher type. He finds a hole and hits it. He’s a guy that he’s not going to dance. He’s going to make his decision and hit it hard,” Eliot said.
“He was very effective last year along with the senior they graduated. He’s a veteran player. He’s been there before. He’s got a lot of confidence, he’s had success, so he’s a guy that we’re going to have to corral and get a lot of hats on. Make sure that he doesn’t get going.”