October 21, 2011

Russell learning from first career start

Mississippi State sophomore quarterback Tyler Russell made his much anticipated first start last week against South Carolina.

Russell put the Bulldogs in position to win the game but we unable to capitalize on several long pass plays and dropped to 0-4 in league play.

"A couple of deep balls that I threw, I think the timing was off a little bit there," Russell said. "You've got to get that in practice and in the summer. That's when you correct those things. Those are plays that you've got to get. Unfortunately, we couldn't hit a play like that. Those are some of our shot plays that we put in at practice. We hit them in practice and we're expected to hit them in a game but it didn't work out for us."

Russell finished his first start 11-of-29 passing for 165 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He guided the offense to 296 yards and 18 first downs against the Gamecocks.

"I think I managed the game pretty well," Russell said. "I don't think my stats reflected that but I think I kept the offense in good situations."

The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder received mixed reviews from the game. He also admitted that there were positives and negatives last Saturday.

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