The signing of Mustain raised morale amongst the Razorbacks fans, as the general feeling was that he would take the reigns of an offense which already featured the nation's most prolific tandem at RB in Darren McFadden and Felix Jones. However, Mustain was not named the starter for the season opening 50-14 loss at home versus USC. This angered the larger than normal crowd that filled the stadium waiting to see their local hero, but they did get a quick glimpse of what could have been a very promising future. Arkansas lost big to the Trojans that night, but fans (including many Trojans) will always remember when Mustain entered the game in the 4th Quarter (video below). Mustain came in and led the Razorbacks on a quick touchdown scoring drive, and showed his talent and proved worthy enough to be promoted as the starter.
He led Arkansas to victories in its next 8 games, but was suddenly benched by Razorbacks Coach Houston Nutt despite his 8-0 record as a starter and the team's 9-1 record and 1st place standing in the SEC. This was the beginning of the end for Mustain era at Arkansas. Houston Nutt took over the play-calling duties from Gus Malzahn, and basically abandoned the passing game towards the end of the season, often using his stud RB McFadden at QB in an unbalanced, run heavy offense. Nutt's actions caused Malzahn to leave and become offensive coordinator at Tulsa. Freshman WR Damian Williams, Mustain's high school teammate at Springdale (Ark.) High, transferred to USC and arrived this spring. It appears that the presence of Williams, along with USC's recent success with QB's, is what enticed Mustain to choose 'SC. He will now sit out the 2007 season, per NCAA rules, and then battle redshirt sophomore Mark Sanchez and incoming freshman Aaron Corp for the starting job in 2008.
Elsewhere, TrojanNYC reports that USC recruit Dayne Crist, has committed to Notre Dame. Crist (pictured below) is a 6'5" QB and a senior to be at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (go figure). Don't know much about this kid, but he must not want to compete against Sanchez, Mustain, and Corp when he gets here.