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Xavier Mullins was the very definition of versatility for the West Allis Central football team this season.

Mullins contributed to the Bulldogs' running game with 288 yards and two touchdowns; to the passing attack with 43 catches for 529 yards and four scores; and to the defense with 52 total tackles, including eight for loss, and six interceptions.

Above all that, though, he made some of his biggest plays in the kick return game. Mullins was the top kickoff returner in the Greater Metro Conference with 452 yards and second in punt returns with 176 yards.

He was also the Bulldogs' punter and holder on extra points and field-goal attempts.

Is there anything else he could have done on the football field?

For all these accomplishments, Mullins is on the 2016 Now Newspapers All-Suburban team at (what else?) all-purpose.

He was also first-team all-purpose and first-team linebacker and second-team wide receiver in the all-conference voting.

"Xavier was one of the more dynamic players in all of the tough and competitive GMC," Central head coach Keith Ringelberg said. "A game didn't go by where the opposing coach didn't have praise for what he did on the field."

Ringelberg certainly appreciated what his senior standout did this season in helping the Bulldogs make significant strides and nearly qualify for the WIAA playoffs at 3-4 in the conference.

"The coaches thought I was one of the better players," he said. "We wanted to use a fast pace and get the ball in the hands of the playmakers. I was placed in the slot, at wideout and in the backfield, and I was put in motion in a lot of plays."

Mullins in turn appreciates what Ringelberg has brought to the Central program the past two seasons.

"The whole atmosphere has changed here," he said. "We used to have about 10 to 15 guys in the weight room at any given time; now we have 25 to 30 or more every day. We have a good core group in there regularly. (Barron) Johnson, our strength coach, makes sure we are in the weight room every day.

"Also, in practice, coach Ringelberg keeps us working harder than we used to."

Mullins would like to play more football in college and is making some visits. He is looking at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Bemidji State in Minnesota, the same school Greenfield quarterback Rayvon Bartlett Jr. is considering.

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