CAREER: Highly-touted prospect started four games during redshirt sophomore campaign . . . Expected to be the primary signal caller in 2012 . . . Currently the school record holder for passing effieciency (139.74) and passing yards per attempt (8.603) with a minimum of 150 attempts . . . Also fourth in school history with a .557 completion percentage (min. 150 att.) . . . One of the most heavily recruited quarterbacks to attend Mississippi State.
2011: Earned four starts at quarterback and saw action in eight games total . . . Ranked fourth all-time in school history for a single season with a 135.08 passing efficiency rating . . . His eight scores through the air helped the Bulldogs break the school record for most passing touchdowns in a single season (19) . . . Also assisted in the Maroon and White passing attack ranking inside the top 10 in several top-10 single season categories, including passing yardage, passing completions, completion percentage, total plays, total offense and total first downs . . . Threw for 138 yards and a touchdown in mop-up duty in the season-opening win at Memphis where he and his teammates broke the school record for total offense in a game (645) . . . Ignited the Bulldog offense by starting the second half of the UAB road game, completing 11-of-13 passes for 166 yards and touchdowns on three-straight possessions in 30 minutes as MSU rallied to beat the Blazers, 21-3 . . . Started the three games after that, and threw a touchdown in five-straight games beginning with the UAB win . . . Finished with 165 yards and a score vs. South Carolina . . . Completed 9-of-12 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown in the SEC road win at Kentucky . . . Totaled 183 passing yards and a touchdown on 9-of-18 passing in the homecoming win vs. UT Martin . . . Threw for 110 yards and a touchdown on 13-of-25 passes against No. 3 Alabama.
2010: Played in nine games during his redshirt freshman campaign . . . Completed 39-of-67 passes for 635 yards with five touchdowns and six interceptions . . . Got off to a fast start as he completed 13-of-16 passes for 256 yards and a school-record tying four touchdowns in his first career game . . . Earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors for his work the first week . . . Completed 8-of-14 passes for 127 against Alcorn State . . . Threw for his fifth touchdown of the season late in the Alabama game . . . Rushed for 40 yards including a 26-yard scamper against Houston.
2009: Redshirted his true freshman season on campus.
HIGH SCHOOL: Named to the Parade Magazine All-America team following his senior season . . . Ranked as the No. 12 pro-style quarterback in the country by national recruiting website Rivals.com . . . That site also has him rated as the No. 8 prospect in the state of Mississippi, the top-rated quarterback . . . Rated the No. 13 quarterback prospect in the country by national recruiting website Scout.com . . . Listed No. 15 on Super Prep Magazine’s ranking of the top quarterbacks in the country in its postseason All-America issue . . . Named Mr. Football for the state of Mississippi by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger following a banner season . . . Also selected the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Mississippi . . . Ranked No. 1 on the Clarion-Ledger’s list of the 10 Most Wanted high school prospects in the state of Mississippi . . . Named first-team, all-state at quarterback in all classifications by that newspaper . . . Led Meridian High School to the Class 5A state championship as a senior . . . Completed 206-of-314 passes (.656) for 3,284 yards, 40 touchdowns and just five interceptions . . . Led his high school team to the Class 5A state championship to culminate his senior season . . . Chosen to play in the Mississippi-Alabama High School All-Star game following his senior season . . . Selected to the Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen prior to his senior campaign, one of the top 12 players in the state of Mississippi . . . Named second-team, all-state by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger following his junior season . . . Completed 146-of-274 passes (.533) for 2,481 yards, 26 touchdowns and just eight interceptions during an injury-plagued junior season for the Wildcats . . . Also rushed for 514 yards and five TDs as a junior . . . Helped that team to the state semifinals as a junior . . . Led Head Coach Larry Weems’ Meridian (Miss.) High School team to the Class 5A state championship during his sophomore season and to the state title game during an 11-3 junior campaign . . . Outstanding student on the high school level with a 3.3 grade point average . . . Other top scholarship offers: Alabama and South Carolina . . . Committed to MSU in April 2008.
PERSONAL: Born Tyler Ryan Russell on Dec. 6, 1990 . . . Son of Mr. and Mrs. Craig Russell.
RUSSELL’S CAREER HIGHS
Carries – 10, vs. Alabama (11-12-11)
Rushing Yards – 40, at Houston (10-9-10)
Rushing Touchdowns – 1, at Memphis (9-1-11)
Longest Rush – 26, at Houston (10-9-10)
Pass Completions – 13, (2x) last vs. Alabama (11-12-11)
Pass Attempts – 29, vs. South Carolina (10-15-11)
Passing Yards – 256, vs. Memphis (9-4-10)
Passing Touchdowns – 4, vs. Memphis (9-4-10)
Longest Completion – 80, at Memphis (9-1-11)
Interceptions – 3, at LSU (9-18-10)