CAREER: Highly-touted prospect who became one of the most decorated passers in school history . . . Played in 38 games with 22 starts … Shattered the school record for passing touchdowns with 42 and passing efficiency with a rating of 137.29 … Became the first MSU player to throw for 40 or more touchdowns in a career … Finished his career third in passing efficiency (.587), third in passing yardage (5,441), sixth in pass attempts (699), third in completions (410), third in yards per attempt (7.789), third in touchdowns responsible (45) and fourth in total offense (5,558) … Produced 10 games of 200 or more passing yards, good for second in school history ... Owner of 11 single-season school records.
2013 SENIOR SEASON: Played in seven games and started five contests while battling through injuries … Completed 71-of-109 passes for 875 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions … Injured in the season-opener against Oklahoma State and missed the next three games – Alcorn State, at Auburn, Troy … Returned against LSU on Oct. 5 and finished 7-of-11 with 146 yards and two touchdowns … The two touchdowns gave him the school record for career passing scores … Threw for a season-high 263 passing yards at Arkansas (11/23), breaking a tie with Derrick Taite (1993-96) for the fourth-most passing performances of 200 or more yards by a quarterback in program history … Started the game against Alabama (11/16) completing 9-of-11 passes for 77 yards … Did not play in the Egg Bowl against Ole Miss (11/28) and did not play against Rice in the Liberty Bowl due to injury.
2012 JUNIOR SEASON: Started all 13 games in his junior campaign, throwing for 2,897 yards with 231 completions on 394 attempts with 24 touchdowns (all school records) and 10 interceptions . . . Established 11 new single-season passing records: attempts, completions, completion percentage (min. 200 attempts), yards, touchdowns, attempts without an interception, 200-yard passing games, attempt/interception ratio, total offense, touchdowns responsible for and passing efficiency (min. 200 attempts) . . . Named Southeastern Conference offensive player of the week following wins over Auburn and Arkansas . . . First Mississippi State quarterback to win the award in more than 20 years (Sleepy Robinson, 1991) . . . Threw for eight touchdowns and no interceptions the first three weeks of the season . . . Eclipsed the 200-yard passing mark in eight different games, a new school record . . . Completed a career-high 26 passes for a career-best 295 yards against the then No. 2 pass defense in the country at LSU, recording the highest completion percentage against the Tigers since 2003.
2011 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Earned four starts at quarterback and saw action in nine 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 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON: 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 TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON: 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 . . . Rivals also had 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 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)
Longest Rush – 26, at Houston (10-9-10)
Pass Completions – 26, at LSU (11-10-12)
Longest Completion – 80, at. Memphis (9-1-11)
Pass Attempts – 39, at Kentucky (10-6-12)
Passing Yards – 295, at LSU (11-10-12)
Passing Touchdowns – 4, (2x) last vs. Arkansas (11-17-12)
Interceptions – 4, vs. Northwestern (1-1-13)