Top 10 Quarterbacks in Mississippi State History

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#7: Tyler Russell

Tyler Russell held the starting quarterback position in 2012 and into 2013 before battling injuries. He was one of the most highly-touted QB recruits to ever come to MSU. He also was a square peg in a round hole for Dan Mullen’s offense. Despite that, he was able to put up prolific passing numbers and lead the Bulldogs to multiple bowl games.

In 2012 he re-wrote the MSU record book from a passing standpoint. He had 24 touchdown passes, breaking Taite’s record of 16 in a single-season. He also broke Dave Marler’s record for passing yards with 2,897. In 2013, Russell set the career record for passing touchdowns with 42.

Russell led MSU to a 8-5 record in the 2012 season, and despite an injury-riddled 2013 season he still made a positive contribution with a gutsy effort vs. Arkansas to preserve bowl eligibility.

All of those records he set have been broken by Dak Prescott, but here is where he stands:

  • 4th in completions
  • 3rd in completion %
  • 4th in passing yards
  • 2nd in passing touchdowns
  • 2nd in single-season passing yards and touchdowns

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