OSU football: Cowboys to face NFL prospect in Mississippi State's Tyler Russell

The MSU quarterback has good size, strong arm and owns numerous school passing records.
by Gina Mizell Published: August 25, 2013
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photo - Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell, right, confers with football coach Dan Mullen during an NCAA college football practice in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013. High humidity mixed with high temperatures have marked most of the football training camps this summer. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)  ORG XMIT: MSRS102
Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell, right, confers with football coach Dan Mullen during an NCAA college football practice in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013. High humidity mixed with high temperatures have marked most of the football training camps this summer. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) ORG XMIT: MSRS102

STILLWATER — The first test for a revamped Oklahoma State defense will include facing a future NFL quarterback.

At least, that's what coach Mike Gundy believes Mississippi State's Tyler Russell is.

“I said the same thing about the guy at Arizona last year,” Gundy said, referring to Matt Scott, who passed for 320 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 55 yards and a score in a win against the Cowboys last season and is now with the Jacksonville Jaguars. “I think this guy's an NFL quarterback.

“You need to be ready to play. Anytime that you're at this level and you compete against a team that has a potential NFL quarterback, it's always a challenge.”

Russell brings great size (6-foot-4, 220 pounds), a strong arm and 17 career starts into Saturday's season opener at Reliant Stadium in Houston. He already owns 11 single-season school records and is the school's all-time leader in passing efficiency (136.38). His total of 37 career touchdown passes is one away from a school record. Last season, he completed 58.6 percent of his throws for 2,897 yards, 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

“He's performed,” OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said, also noting the quality defenses Russell consistently faces in the SEC. “He's moved the ball up and down the field on people … just his experience to know he can make the throws and he's not going to get flustered, that's a concern.”


by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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