By the time Russell returned, sophomore Dak Prescott had proven to be a dual threat from the QB position. His arm and his legs — mainly his legs — made him one of if not the best weapon on State’s offense.
Last week against Alabama, Prescott sat out with an injury to his throwing elbow. Russell got the start before leaving the game early with an injured throwing shoulder.
With Prescott and Russell both listed as day-to-day on State’s injury report, Dan Mullen says true freshman Damian Williams could get the starting nod for this week’s game with Arkansas. Williams failed to complete a pass in five attempts filling in for Russell against the Crimson Tide. No matter, says the coach:
“If we treat these guys like they’re your kids, you’re going to be a bit more cautious with them than I probably would myself. If Damien is healthy and the other guys aren’t, we’ll go with Damian…
For a situation, give him a lot of credit on Saturday night. To sit there and say ‘Go get it, big guy,’ and to come in and perform, we’d obviously like him to perform at a higher level but the stage wasn’t too big for him.”
Williams did complete 11-of-18 throws for 152 yards against Alcorn State and Troy in mop-up duty.
Saturday’s battle between the Bulldogs (1-5 in the SEC) and the Razorbacks (0-6) will go a long way toward determining who lands in the West Division cellar this season.