December 30, 2010

Russell reflects on rookie season

The script for Tyler Russell's highly anticipated debut at Mississippi State probably could not have been written any better than what actually happened on Sept. 4.

The freshman quarterback completed 13-of-16 passing for 256 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in a 49-7 win over Memphis. That success was a year in the making after the former Parade All-American spent his first season in Starkville on the practice field as a redshirt.

"Going through the grind of practices and finally getting to play after redshirting helped," Russell said. "I know what I can do and did it so now I've just got to work on the small things like knowing where everybody is going to be on defense. I think as I mature I'm going to pick that up and things will be a lot easier for me."

Russell has went on to appear in eight total games for the Bulldogs this season completing 39-of-67 passing for 635 yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions as well as rushing 13 times for 64 yards (8.0 avg.)

The improved play at quarterback from both Russell and starter Chris Relf has guided MSU to an 8-4 record and Gator Bowl birth this Saturday against Michigan.



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