August 27, 2012

Russell's reign starts Saturday

In 2009 the Dan Mullen era arrived at Mississippi State and many believed it would be the start of Tyler Russell's reign at quarterback for the Bulldogs as well.

The then Parade All-American true freshman was the most highly recruited signal caller ever to sign at MSU and the maroon and white faithful were almost foaming at the mouth to see the Meridian, Miss., four-star in action.

Russell ended up redshirting that season and it is not until now that he will be given the keys to the Bulldogs offense for the first time as its full time starting quarterback.

"Every recruit as a freshman you want to play," Russell said. "I'm not going to say I didn't want to play when I first got here. I know everybody made a big deal about Tyler coming in and playing right away. It didn't happen so I had to learn how to be patient. I learned from Chris (Relf), Tyson (Lee) and Coach Mullen. I've matured over the years and I'm real comfortable with this offense and I think it will show this year."

Over the past two years Russell has appeared in 17 games including four starts in 2011. He has completed 108-of-196 passing for 1,669 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Russell is currently the school record holder for passing efficiency (139.74) and passing yards per attempt (8.603).

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