October 16, 2013

Tyler Russell Helping Develop Younger Dawgs on the Line

It hasn't been the most ideal senior season for the school's all-time leading passer but Tyler Russell has taken adversity in stride. The fifth-year quarterback went down in the opening game of the season after throwing for 133 yards and an interception. After missing three-straight games, Russell is back and as efficient as he has ever been throwing 19-25 with 248 yards and two touchdowns in the last two ball games.

"We practice all week and it really doesn't matter who's in at quarterback. Coach Mullen calls in the play and we execute it and everything is fine," Russell said of the two-quarterback rotation. "I thought we did a good job at that but we had some silly mistakes where we kept shooting ourselves in the foot and we didn't capitalize on drives and score."

Russell started the ball game for the second time this season and came out on fire with a perfect 5-5 opening drive and completed his first eight passes overall. He said he was feeling it even before the first snap.

"I could tell in warm-ups, just the way that the ball was coming out of my hands that I felt good and I felt comfortable with the game plan. I think I did pretty good."

One entirely good thing that Russell has seen that he hadn't had in his previous four years is a wide variety of receivers in which to target. In the first drive alone, #17 found five different pass catchers on all five passes. While young, he likes the mixture of guys that he has as options.

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