We've been talking about today's player on the countdown almost since the blog started six years ago. Let's meet him one last time.
#84 WR Alex Mut
5th Year Senior, 6'3", 190 lbs.
2015 Stats: Mut played in 10 games but did not record any statistics.
Alex might appreciate this, being a soccer fan. I follow Everton in the English Premier League. Yesterday the club announced Tony Hibbert was not being offered a new contract. Hibbo played for Everton for 16 seasons, appeared in 328 competitive games, and never once scored a goal. No active player has appeared in more games in English football without scoring. Rather than being pathetic, it was endearing. He became a cult hero. There was a banner at Goodison Park with his picture on it that read "HIBBO SCORES WE RIOT". When he finally scored in his testimonial friendly in 2012, the fans poured onto the pitch to celebrate.
I bring this up because Mut's played in 26 games for USF, mostly on special teams, and has yet to record a statistic. No receptions, no yards, no TDs, no tackles, nothing. He actually had a chance to score the winning touchdown against SMU in 2014, but Mike White's fade at the goal line eluded him. Imagine the scenes if he'd hauled in that pass! I think we should do for Alex Mut what Evertonians did for Tony Hibbert. ALEX SCORES WE RIOT. Pulling for you, man.
Position on Depth Chart: Alex isn't listed in the wide receiver depth chart, but interestingly he's listed as the holder on kicks.
How He Came to USF: Mut's story goes all the way back to 2010. He committed to USF early from Charlotte High School in Punta Gorda, where he played both ways for the Tarpons and put up prolific numbers as a receiver (154 receptions, 2610 yards, 27 TDs) and a defensive back (103 tackles, 19 interceptions, two TDs). He also ran on the 4x400 relay team, competed in the long jump, and was a two-year captain on the basketball team. Unfortunately, just before National Signing Day in 2011, Mut suffered a serious knee injury during a basketball game. Coach Who Shall Not Be Named honored Alex's scholarship and grayshirted him when it became clear he wouldn't recover from his injury in time for the 2011 season. This deferred his enrollment to January 2012, allowing him to redshirt in the 2012 season.
Recruiting Rankings: Mut was given three stars by Rivals and 247, and two stars by ESPN.
Projected Playing Time: Alex is the first non-QB and non-punter I can remember being the holder on kicks. We should see him any time Emilio Nadelman is out for a field goal or extra point, and on special teams as well. He might also make his fourth appearance on a college all-academic team. But I'm still going to hold out hope for Mut to get his big moment on offense.