OL Cade McMullin

The Ricks College football team is positioning itself to go out with a bang in its final year of competition. Nobody on the team or coaching staff has gotten down, even in the face of the school being renamed BYU-Idaho and the end of a great sporting tradition looming. If anything, everyone involved with football is pumped up.

Name: Cade McMullin
School: Ricks College
Ht/Wt: 6-4, 285
Home town: Thornton, CO

"We're playing with a lot of emotion since this is the last year of Ricks football. We're 4-0 and have a lot of confidence," said offensive lineman Cade McMullin.

The offensive line is, in fact, a big reason why the team has yet to lose in 2001. It's possible that as many as four offensive linemen will land division one scholarships this year - quite an accomplishment. And McMullin is certainly one of the best of the bunch.

McMullin, who is 6-4, 285, came to Ricks College upon completing his Mormon Mission in 2000. "After graduating from Horizon High School in Colorado in 1997, I came to Ricks and gray shirted. Then I left on my mission and was gone during 1999 and 2000," said McMullin who was sent to Panama City, Panama. "It was tough but I enjoyed getting to know a new culture. To see a society other than the U.S. was great."

After two years away from the pigskin, McMullin dedicated himself to getting back into football shape. And in the fall of 2000 he was back and starting on the Ricks offensive line.

He reports a fastest forty time of 5.0 to go with a bench press of 350 and squat of 520. Perhaps the best number of all, though, is his 3.65 grade point average.

McMullin is aware that many D1 colleges are looking for bigger guys. Kids that weight 320 pounds. But he says it has been a mixed bag among those who have called so far. "Some universities say I'm too small and others just want to know if I run well," he said. "It depends on the offensive coordinator I guess."

"My strength is my running. I am a lot quicker than many offensive linemen and I can pull out quickly and get downfield on screens. Also, pass blocking. I have good feet and am quick out of my stance." He cites his main weakness as his weight, which is something he can work on with a strength program. "Being smaller just means I run better," said McMullin.

The heaviest recruiting attention is coming from Colorado, South Carolina, and North Carolina State but so far no offers. "Lots of letters are coming from other schools, too," added McMullin. He will graduate in December and have three years to play two at a division one school. His goal is major in Business Management.

Other Ricks offensive linemen to watch:

Center Aaron Acker (6-3, 285)

LT Peni Holakeituai (6-6, 310)
Notes: U. of Southern Calif. liked him a lot early in spring. Moved over from the defensive line in the spring to fill a tackle position. Although he has little experience at that position, he is big, strong, has great feet.

G Erik Freeman (6-3, 285)
Notes: Freshman.

RT David Cousin (6-5, 315)
Notes: Returning starter from 2000.

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