As a junior, Russell set the single-season school record with 2,897 passing yards and 24 touchdowns. Mississippi State will go into the Dec. 31 Liberty Bowl against Rice with two options at quarterback - sophomore Dak Prescott and freshman Damian Williams. Prescott has been battling a nerve injury in his non-throwing arm. - AP Sports
09/16/2013 - Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen tried a little subterfuge with his quarterback situation, listing Tyler Russell as the starter at Auburn and even sending the fifth-year senior out for the pregame warmups and coin toss. But sophomore Dak Prescott was the one who started and took every snap on offense in the 24-20 loss. sked why Russell didn't play, Mullen was succinct. "The fact that Tyler is not medically cleared to play," Mullen said. Prescott completed 15 of his 28 attempts for 213 yards and led the Bulldogs in rushing with 133 yards on 22 carries. He scored two of State's three touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange
09/09/2013 - Mississippi State's first two games of the season provided one lethargic loss and one blowout victory. Bulldogs' coach Dan Mullen says Mississippi State (1-1) has learned from the good and bad of those performances and is ready for its Southeastern Conference opener at Auburn (2-0) on Saturday. "I think it will be a good test," Mullen said. "I think the team is still kind of developing its personality." Having a healthy roster would certainly help.
The Bulldogs sat seven starters in last week's 51-7 win against FCS-level Alcorn State. Coach Dan Mullen said Monday that quarterback Tyler Russell has not been cleared for contact after suffering a concussion in the opener against Oklahoma State, but expects him to be ready for Auburn. Russell is already one of the most successful quarterbacks in program history, throwing for 2,897 yards, 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season.
But sophomore Dak Prescott looked capable in Russell's place against Alcorn State. He completed 12 of 19 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns while also running for a touchdown. Even if the 6-foot-2, 230-pound Prescott doesn't start, he'll likely be used in short-yardage situations because of his running ability. He filled that role last year, playing in 12 of 13 games. Mullen said one reason Prescott had success against Alcorn State is he's never been treated as a backup. "You don't prepare a starting quarterback and a backup quarterback," Mullen said. "You prepare starting quarterbacks." - AP Sports
09/05/2013 - QB Tyler Russell suffered a concussion during the third quarter Saturday and will not practice this week. Russell is listed as doubtful for the home opener against Alcorn State. - The Sports Xchange
09/05/2013 - The injury bug bit Mississippi State in a big way during its 21-3 opening week loss to Oklahoma State. Four Bulldog starters left the game and did not return including senior quarterback Tyler Russell, who went down after taking a knee to the helmet suffering a concussion. "We'll see at the end of the week," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "It was just a concussion from that game. We don't expect him to practice this week. He might be cleared for the game and then we'll make a decision if he is cleared for the game to play." Sophomore Dak Prescott is expected to make his first career start at quarterback with reps being increased for true freshman Damian Williams. Prescott appeared in 12 games in 2012 accounting for eight touchdowns -- four rushing and four passing. He completed a career-best 7-of-17 passing for 89 yards against Oklahoma State. - The Sports Xchange
09/05/2013 - The Bulldogs offense struggled in its 2013 debut. Mississippi State was held out of the end zone for just the fourth time in Mullen's five seasons and converted only 2-of-16 on third down opportunities and turned the ball over twice. "Early in the game we didn't finish drives," Mullen said. "We had some great production, made some great plays and a bunch of big plays during the course of the game and moved the ball fairly well early. But not only did we not finish the game offensively but we hit that slump. When we were doing well, we didn't finish drives." The Bulldogs controlled the ball and clock from Oklahoma State's up-tempo offense but still trailed 7-3 at halftime. MSU moved the chains for 17 first downs during the contest but only reached the red zone twice. "I do think there were some times during the game where we probably could have taken some more shots down the field," Mullen said. "We had some one-on-one matchups and didn't take as many shots as we needed to." - The Sports Xchange
09/02/2013 - Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell has a concussion and is doubtful for Saturday's game against Alcorn State. Coach Dan Mullen announced Russell's status on Monday. The quarterback left last Saturday's 21-3 loss to No. 13 Oklahoma State in the third quarter after taking a hit to the head. Sophomore Dak Prescott will likely get his first career start against the Braves.
Mullen also says starting safety Jay Hughes will miss the rest of the season after injuring his right Achilles against Oklahoma State. Sophomore Kendrick Market and junior Dee Arrington are the likely candidates to receive increased playing time with Hughes out of the lineup. The coach says other players who could miss time with nagging injuries include linebacker Ferlando Bohanna, offensive lineman Justin Malone and cornerback Jamerson Love. - AP Sports
09/02/2013 - MSU's Mullen: QB Tyler Russell (head) doubtful for home opener...Mississippi State struggled to get the offense rolling against Oklahoma State on Saturday, failing to score a touchdown and eventually losing 21-3. Starting quarterback Tyler Russell left the game late in the third quarter after sustaining a hit to the head on a quarterback scramble. As Russell was being pulled to the ground, his helmet hit the knee of Oklahoma State linebacker Ryan Simmons. Russell's status for Saturday's home opener against Alcorn State is "doubtful," according to Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen."We don't expect him to practice this week," Mullen said Monday. "He might be cleared for the game and we'll make a decision if he's cleared for the game."
Sophomore Dak Prescott completed 7 of 17 passes for 89 yards after Russell left the game. He will be the starting quarterback if Russell does not play, and Mullen said true freshman quarterback Damian Williams is next up after Prescott. Regardless of who is under center, Mississippi State will be better off against Alcorn State than it was on Saturday against the Cowboys. The game allows the unit to get back on track before kicking off SEC play on the road against Gus Malzahn and Auburn on Sept. 14. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
08/26/2013 - TOP MISSISSIPPI STATE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. QB Tyler Russell (6-4, 220, 4.87)...Russell enters his senior campaign with just 17 career starts and yet is on the verge of becoming the most productive quarterback in Mississippi State history. He owns 11 single-season records after last year's breakout campaign in which he completed 58.6% of his passes for 2,897 yards and 24 touchdowns against 10 interceptions.
With his well-proportioned frame and strong right arm, Russell looks the part of a big-time prospect. He can make every throw in the playbook, flashing impressive accuracy and velocity on intermediate and deep passes through tight windows. Too often, however, Russell's throws come in high, leaving his receivers in position to absorb big hits and limiting their potential to gain yards after the catch. Russell throws flat-footed, which likely plays a role in his average ball-placement and is an example of his less-than-ideal overall athleticism. Russell is occasionally asked to roll out and or take off on designed runs in this offense but doesn't look comfortable doing either. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/26/2013 - TOP MISSISSIPPI STATE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. QB Tyler Russell (6-4, 220, 4.87)...There are a few distinguishing features with Russell that will be sure to draw plenty of attention from scouts. His willingness to stand tall in the pocket amidst pressure is one. Some will characterize Russell as courageous and determined. Others will question whether he possesses the awareness to "feel" the pocket collapsing around or the mobility to escape it for that matter.
Another factor to consider with Russell is the even-keel manner with which he plays. The quarterback rarely shows much emotion, almost appearing robotic, at times. There are moments when he seems to be going through the motions rather than focusing on the task at hand. These moments too often lead to poorly thrown passes, such as two first quarter interceptions against Northwestern in the Bulldogs' surprising Gator Bowl loss.
Size, arm talent and success against SEC defenses generally equate to a draftable grade for any quarterback. Whether Russell ultimately is considered a potential top 100 candidate or just a fringe prospect will be determined by whatever improvements he makes in 2013. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/14/2013 - 2013 JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD WATCHLIST: Tyler Russell, Mississippi State,...Russell set 11 single-season school records in 2012, completing 231 throws for 2,897 yards and two-dozen touchdowns. The 6-4, 220-pounder enters his senior season as the school's all-time leader in passing efficiency (136.38), and is only one passing touchdown away from the tying the school record for passing touchdowns (38), held by Derrick Taite (1993-96). - Mississippi State football
07/20/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP WATCH LIST: QB Tyler Russell, Mississippi State...Russell was named to the lineup two days after being selected to the watch list for the Davey O'Brien Award, which is given yearly to the nation's best college quarterback and is the oldest national quarterback award. Last week, the Meridian, Miss., native also became the first player in school history to appear in consecutive years on the watch list for the Maxwell Award, which since 1937 has been awarded annually to America's College Player of the Year.
State's signal caller set 11 single-season school records in 2012, completing 231 throws for 2,897 yards and two-dozen touchdowns. The 6-4, 220-pounder enters his senior season as the school's all-time leader in passing efficiency (136.38), and is only one passing touchdown away from the tying the school record for passing touchdowns (38), held by Derrick Taite (1993-96). As a whole, the Bulldogs are represented on 11 of the 15 National College Football Awards Association watch lists, with eight players representing the Maroon and White. - Mississippi State football
07/20/2013 - 2013 DAVEY O'BRIEN WATCH LIST: Tyler Russell, Mississippi State...Russell was on his way to SEC Media Days Wednesday when his name appeared on the watch list for the Davey O'Brien Award, which is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback. The honor for the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award came one week after becoming the first player in school history to appear in consecutive years on the Maxwell Award, which is given annually to America's College Player of the Year since 1937.
State's signal caller broke 11 single-season school records as a junior, completing 231 passes for 2,897 yards and 24 touchdowns. The 6-4, 220-pounder currently stands as the school's all-time leader in passing efficiency (136.38), and is only one passing touchdown away from the tying the school record for passing touchdowns (38), held by Derrick Taite (1993-96). - Mississippi State football
07/16/2013 - 2013 MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: QB Tyler Russell, Mississippi State...The senior signal caller broke 11 single-season school records as a junior, completing 231 passes for 2,897 yards and 24 touchdowns. Russell currently stands as the school's all-time leader in passing efficiency (136.38) and is only one passing touchdown away from the tying the school record for passing touchdowns (38), held by Derrick Taite from 1993-96. - Mississippi State football