Seth Russell
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1994-01-27) January 27, 1994 (age 26)
Dallas, Texas
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:213 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school:Garland (TX)
College:Baylor
Undrafted:2017

Seth Andrew Russell (born January 27, 1994) is a former American football quarterback. He played college football for the Baylor Bears.

Early years[edit | edit source]

Russell attended Garland High School in Garland, Texas. As a senior, he completed 103 of 188 passes (54.7%) for 1,502 yards and 12 passing touchdowns, while also rushing for 471 yards on 83 attempts with 7 rushing touchdowns. Russell originally verbally committed to play football for the University of Kansas but later chose Baylor University.[1][2]

College career[edit | edit source]

2012 season[edit | edit source]

Russell redshirted as a freshman in 2012 and did not receive any playing time.

2013 season[edit | edit source]

He spent his freshman season in 2013 as the backup to Bryce Petty. As Petty's back-up he appeared in 7 games, completing 26 of 43 passes (60.4%) for 427 yards with 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. He also rushed for 147 yards with 3 touchdowns.

2014 season[edit | edit source]

In 2014, Russell was again the backup to Petty. However, due to injury, Russell made his first career start against Northwestern State, replacing Petty who missed the game due to injury. During the game, he completed 16 of 25 passes for 438 yards and five touchdowns.[3] Overall, he completed 48 of 85 for 804 yards with eight touchdowns and one interception, 185 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns.

2015 season[edit | edit source]

With Petty graduating, Russell competed to be Baylor's starter for 2015, and was seen as the favorite for the role over incoming freshman Jarrett Stidham and sophomore Chris Johnson.[4] On September 26, Russell threw for 277 yards and six touchdowns in less than three quarters during a 70–17 win over Rice.[5] Russell broke a bone in his neck in a win against Iowa State and required season ending surgery.[6]

2016 season[edit | edit source]

On November 12, 2016, Russell suffered a fractured left ankle against Oklahoma. The day after the game, Baylor revealed that the injury would cause Russell to miss the rest of the season.[7]

College career statistics[edit | edit source]

Seth Russell's college stats[8]
Year Team Pass Attempts Pass Completions Completion Percentage % Pass Yards Pass TDs INT Passer Rating Rush Attempts Rush Yards Rush Avg Rush TDs
2012 Baylor
Redshirt (DNP)
2013 Baylor 43 26 60.5% 427 3 3 152.9 24 147 6.1 3
2014 Baylor 85 48 56.5% 804 8 1 164.6 32 185 5.8 3
2015 Baylor 200 119 59.5% 2,104 29 6 189.7 49 402 8.2 6
2016 Baylor 278 152 54.7% 2,126 20 8 136.9 94 506 5.4 8
Total 606 345 56.9% 5,461 60 18 159.4 199 1,240 6.2 20

Professional career[edit | edit source]

While still recovering from his ankle injury, Russell attended the NFL Scouting Combine and was able to throw and partake in the interview process.[9] After the combine, he threw 60 passes during Baylor's Pro Day and worked out for the Dallas Cowboys. According to a league source, he received final medical clearance by doctors in mid-April.[10][9] Later that month, Russell went undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft. After the draft, he attended rookie minicamp with the Oakland Raiders and New Orleans Saints. He also had tryouts with the Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals, and Dallas Cowboys. On September 18, 2017, Russell announced that he was medically retiring from football due to issues with his ankle.[11]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Tait, Matt (July 27, 2011). "Jayhawks land Texas QB Seth Russell". Lawrence Journal-World. http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2011/jul/27/jayhawks-land-texas-qb/.
  2. Hayes, Matt (May 7, 2015). "Run, pass and dunk, Baylor 'freak' QB Seth Russell can do it all". Sporting News. http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-football/story/2015-05-07/seth-russell-baylor-quarterback-athlete-art-briles-bryce-petty-rg3-nick-florence-heisman-dunk.
  3. Werner, John (September 12, 2014). "Baylor QB Russell flashes signs of future promise in 60 minutes of fame". Waco Tribune-Herald. http://www.wacotrib.com/sports/baylor/football/baylor-qb-russell-flashes-signs-of-future-promise-in-minutes/article_0ee50994-a433-5c96-bc3b-22520dc0b991.html?mode=story.
  4. Olson, Max (February 25, 2015). "Bears trust QB Seth Russell is ready to take over". http://espn.go.com/blog/big12/post/_/id/96578/bears-trust-qb-seth-russell-is-ready-to-take-over. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  5. Trotter, Jake (September 26, 2015). "Baylor obliterates Rice behind QB Seth Russell's six TDs". http://espn.go.com/blog/big12/post/_/id/104081/baylor-obliterates-rice-behind-qb-seth-russells-six-tds. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  6. "QB Russell to Undergo Neck Surgery, out for Season". http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2582980-seth-russell-injury-updates-baylor-qb-to-undergo-neck-surgery-out-for-season?iid=ob_homepage_deskrecommended_pool. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  7. Fornelli, Tom (November 12, 2016). "Baylor QB Seth Russell's season over after suffering ankle fracture vs. Oklahoma". https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/baylor-qb-seth-russell-exits-game-after-gruesome-leg-injury/. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  8. "Seth Russell Stats". http://espn.go.com/college-football/player/stats/_/id/535511/seth-russell. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Weinfuss, Josh (April 14, 2017). "Ex-Baylor QB Seth Russell cleared to return after ankle fracture". http://www.espn.com/nfl/draft2017/story/_/id/19157507/former-baylor-quarterback-seth-russell-medically-cleared-ankle-fracture. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  10. Adame, Tony (April 5, 2017). "Still healing, Russell shows off arm at Baylor Pro Day". https://baylor.247sports.com/Article/Still-healing-Russell-shows-off-arm-at-Baylor-Pro-Day-52164027. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  11. Feldman, Bruce (September 18, 2017). "Former Baylor QB Seth Russell Retires From Football, Citing Medical Issues". https://www.si.com/college-football/2017/09/18/seth-russell-retires-baylor-ankle-injury. Retrieved November 4, 2017.

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