Notebook: Oil Bowl to be final football game for Coppell standout

Mullins to play lacrosse at Syracuse

By Zach Duncan
Friday, June 10, 2011

The Oil Bowl will be the last football game for Coppell’s Brandon Mullins. It’s not that unusual — Saturday’s game will be the finale for a few who will head off to college as students only.

But Mullins’ case is different because he will be playing collegiately for the Syracuse lacrosse team, one of the most successful programs in the nation.

“It was pretty tough because I love both sports,” Mullins said of his decision.  “I got recruited earlier for lacrosse, and once I chose Syracuse, that kind of opportunity is hard to pass up.”

Mullins was the AP’s Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year for the Cowboys, who finished 13-1 and lost to Trinity 41-40 in the state quarterfinals.  He made 133 tackles and 11 sacks during the regular season.

But his lacrosse credentials are just as impressive.  He is the only Texas named to lacrosse’s Under Armour All-American Classic roster July 2 in Towson, Md.

Mullins also helped lead Coppell to state titles in the Texas High School Lacrosse League the past three years.

For this week though, Mullins is a football player.

“I thought I was done, but it’s good to come play in this,” he said