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USC football: Mitch Mustain will participate in long-awaited Pro Day workout

March 30, 2011 | 12:03 pm

Photo: Mitch Mustain. Credit: Jae Hong / Associated Press USC players are about to begin their Pro Day workouts for NFL scouts, a day that quarterback Mitch Mustain has been waiting for since he arrived at USC in 2007.

Mustain, 23, started only one game at USC after transferring from Arkansas, but he hopes to turn in a Pro Day performance similar to the one former USC quarterback Matt Cassel produced in 2006.

That workout helped convince the New England Patriots to draft Cassel, who served as Carson Palmer’s and Matt Leinart’s backup.

Cassel played behind Tom Brady with the Patriots and parlayed the experience into a reported $63-million, six-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, $28 million of which is guaranteed.

Mustain did not help his cause when he was arrested last month on suspicion of selling Adderall to an undercover police officer in the San Fernando Valley. But Mustain will not face misdemeanor charges if he completes a pre-file diversion program that includes a drug-education program, 100 hours of community service and avoidance of another incident with police over the course of one year.

Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, who coached Mustain at Springdale (Ark.) High and also at Arkansas, said in January that he had confidence Mustain would succeed as a pro.

 “He’s probably the most accurate quarterback I’ve got the chance to coach,” Malzahn said before the Bowl Championship Series title game against Oregon. “I really feel like in the right system, in the right situation, he can be extremely successful.

“I’ll be real surprised if he doesn’t make it. Put it that way.”

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Photo: Mitch Mustain. Credit: Jae Hong / Associated Press.