August 24, 2013
Russell Putting the Past Behind Him
Mississippi State has never been known for its passing attack. Dating back to the beginning of the program, MSU quarterbacks were known more for their feet than for the arms and then in steps a new breed. Coming out of high school, Tyler Russell was the most highly touted quarterback to come out of the Magnolia state in some time. He showed tremendous presence in the pocket and became a folk legend around the state as his team at Meridian did the impossible and knocked out South Panola in the State Championship his senior season ending the nation's longest winning streak at the time.
After a year as a redshirt, Russell came in during relief duty during the opening game of the season in 2010 and lit up the stat sheet creating a serious buzz around Starkville and the country that this kid was for real. He didn't get his first start until the next season and waited his turn learning behind Chris Relf before becoming the man in 2012.
Russell is coming off of a solid year, despite a couple of rough games from a year ago, and the award committees know of the talent that he possesses. Friday he earned his fourth different watch-list honor of the preseason with the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award putting him on the list. He's also been named a Maxwell, Walter Camp and Davey O'Brien Award nominee as he comes into his fifth and final season in maroon and white.
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