In all fairness, it seems Russell is just making the most of essentially being demoted to a 2 QB system after being the starter for the past few years. He is trying to be positive. Wallace' comments were ill advised and in your face, this is what we are going to do to you. Hey, I know both these teams and their players pretty well. Russell is making the most of an awkward situation. He is being asked questions that put him on the spot, and he's giving Dak props and at the same time handling his demotion with grace. And speaking of 2 QB systems, I don't think there's a whole lot of competition to be the best in America at the moment.
Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell finally returned to action last Saturday after suffering a concussion in the Bulldogs’ season-opening loss to Oklahoma State. He finished 7-of-11 for 146 yards and two touchdowns. Pretty good for a guy with some rust.
Meanwhile, Dak Prescott — State’s other quarterback — got the start on Saturday and he completed 9-of-20 passes for 106 yards (and an interception). Prescott added 103 yards and a score with his legs, however.
That’s a pretty good one-two punch at quarterback. How good? Here’s what Russell had to say:
“We’ve got two really good quarterbacks. I’ll say, we’ve probably got the best (two-quarterback combination) in the nation… It doesn’t matter who starts. Whoever gets in is going to lead the team down there and score.”
And those were his famous last words.
A few weeks ago, Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace said his team could put points on anyone and would score on Alabama. They went out and got goose-egged by Bama and then lost to Auburn last Saturday.
Russell and Prescott — though they were pretty good last weekend — did lose 59-26 to LSU. Apparently a really good one-quarterback system beats America’s best two-quarterback tandem. The pairing of Russell and Prescott will likely thrive this weekend when the Bulldogs face Bowling Green. They might even do well against Kentucky in two weeks.
But let’s all keep our eyes on MSU’s offense — seventh best in the SEC in scoring — when the Dogs end the season against South Carolina, Texas A&M, Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss. Thrive in those five games and we’ll gladly rubber stamp Russell’s confident remark.