Mustain heads to the Great White North

The next turn in the weaving road of Mitch Mustain's football career points north.

Mustain, the touted prep All-American who transferred from Arkansas to USC but never broke through, has signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL.

Mustain will be back on the field for the Ticats first rookie camp practice Thursday morning.

Mustain, a 6-2, 221-pound native of Springdale, Ark., spent the last two seasons at USC after transferring, but he couldn't beat out Mark Sanchez and then Matt Barkley. He threw for 505 yards and three touchdowns as the Trojans' backup quarterback, losing his only start against Notre Dame.

There was a school of thought that Mustain might get drafted this spring by an NFL team desperate for help at quarterback, one that subscribed to the "Matt Cassel Path to a Lucrative NFL Career," which espouses that a USC backup is better than most team's starter.

A February arrest on suspicion of selling prescription drugs probably ended that possibility.

By the way, Mustain joins a team that features two former UCLA standouts: DE Justin Hickman and K Justin Medlock.