The Southeastern Conference named the Meridian, Miss., native the week one SEC Football Community Service Team Player of the Week. Russell is heavily involved in the community, whether it is visiting children at Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children in Jackson or ringing the Salvation Army bell at Christmas time to raise money for families who need it.
Russell, who earlier Monday was named a 2013 team captain along with LaDarius Perkins, Gabe Jackson and Denico Autry, will graduate in December with a degree in kinesiology and a concentration in Sport Studies. Academically, he has led study sessions in the past with his teammates at the MSU academic center.
On the field, Russell has been named to the Maxwell Award Watch list, the Walter Camp Award Watch List and the Davey O'Brien Award Watch List. He is the first player in the 113-year history of Mississippi State football to appear on the watch list for each of the three national awards. States 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 schools 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).
Russell and the rest of his teammates begin the 2013 season next Saturday, Aug. 31 in Houston, Texas, at Reliant Stadium against Oklahoma State. The Texas Kickoff Classic is set for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff and will be televised live nationally on ABC or ESPN2, depending on your location.
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