Mularkey 'Plays With An Edge'

In spring practice and recent 7-on-7 scrimmages, Tar Heel commitment Shane Mularkey quickly made a strong impression on Norcross (Ga.) Greater Atlanta Christian head coach Ken Robinson.

"Obviously, he's a coach's kid," Robinson said of the 6-2, 210-pound standout who transferred in from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.). "He gets it. He understands commitment. He's very athletic... I think he has a lot of football sense, but again I think that comes from growing up in a family with a dad as a coach. He's probably getting a lot of coaching at home.

"He has a super attitude. He works hard off the field. We're just thrilled to have him with us. We expect him to make a lot of plays for us in all three phases of the game this fall…

"Just seeing him this spring, he plays with an edge. He's a great guy off the field, but when he straps it on its important to him and he's going to get after the guy he's playing against."

Although Robinson plans to utilize Mularkey on offense at tight end and on special teams, his most significant role is on defense where he will line up at bandit.

According to Robinson, the bandit is "a tweener position where he plays in the box, but also drops into coverage as a safety/secondary guy." Robinson adds that not just anyone can be played into the position.

"[You need] a guy that's discipline," Robinson said. "He's in the box. He's responsible for some man-to-man coverage against a tight end. [He has to be] a student of a game that is coachable."

Mularkey has already begun to make an impact for Great Atlanta Christian. At a recent seven-on-seven tournament, Mularkey made "several incredible plays" for GAC, said Robinson.

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