Player Focus: QB Tyler Russell

It’s going to be another great 12 Saturdays of football for Mississippi State this year. It’ll be Coach Dan Mullen’s fourth year coaching the Dawgs, and I do believe this’ll be Quarterback Tyler Russell’s year. He is one of the most heavily recruited Quarterbacks to ever attend State. He is a 5th year senior, and in recent weeks, Russell has been recognized for his efforts on and off the field. He has been placed on multiple watch lists:

>>Maxwell Award Watch List (he was also on the same watch list last year- the only player EVER, at State, to make the list in consecutive seasons), given each year to “America’s College Player of the Year”, or the nation’s best player. If he has a great season, he will be a promising contender. The 3 national finalists will be named November 25th, and the winner will be announced during The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on December 12th.

>>Walter Camp Award Watch List . Walter Camp, “The Father of American football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. The Walter Camp Football Foundation, founded in 1967, perpetuated the ideals of Camp and continued the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.The 2013 Walter Camp Player of the Year will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday, December 12. The winner will then receive his trophy at the Foundation’s annual national awards banquet on January 11, 2014 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven, Connecticut.

>> Davey O’Brien Award Watch List; features 34 of the nation’s best college quarterbacks who were selected based on player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2013 college football season.The 2013 Davey O’Brien Winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 12.

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. 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).

Off the field, QB Tyler Russell has been recognized for his efforts, as well. The SEC named him the week one SEC Football Community Service Team Player of the Week. Russell is heavily involved in the community. Just after the SEC Media Days, he visited children at Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children in Jackson. He has also helped the Salvation Army during Christmas, with being a Bellringer.

August 25th, he was named a 2013 team captain along with LaDarius Perkins, Gabe Jackson and Denico Autry; not a surprise from these guys.

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