SEC Football Top 150 Players: No. 103, Tyler Russell, Mississippi State QB

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSalleeSEC Football Lead WriterMay 19, 2012

Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell
Mississippi State quarterback Tyler RussellButch Dill/Getty Images

The SEC Blog will be counting down the top 150 players in the SEC every day, concluding on Aug. 30 at the start of the college football regular season.

 

103. Tyler Russell, No. 17, Mississippi State, Quarterback

2011 Stats: 69-for-129, 1,034 yards, eight touchdowns, four interceptions

 

Strengths

He was, arguably, the top recruit to commit to play for Dan Mullen's Mississippi State Bulldogs. Russell came out of Meridian (Miss.) High School ranked as the No. 13 quarterback in the country in 2009, and was named the 2008 Mississippi high school player of the year. At 6'4", 220 pounds, Russell has the size and arm strength to be a star at this level and the next.

 

Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell
Mississippi State quarterback Tyler RussellAl Messerschmidt/Getty Images

Weaknesses

Russell injured his MCL this winter, which forced him to sit out the Music City Bowl against Wake Forest. He is fully recovered now, but practice is different than real games, so it's at least a small concern. What's a bigger concern for him is whether or not Mullen will adjust his play-calling and revolving door of quarterbacks enough to allow Russell—who's more of a pocket passer—to thrive.

 

2012 Prediction

Expect big things. Mississippi State has three solid receivers in Chad Bumphis, Arceto Clark and Joe Morrow, so Russell will have plenty of weapons to throw to. Russell won't be in the top tier of SEC passers with Tyler Russell and Aaron Murray, but don't be surprised if he is in the conversation for the tier right below them.