Tyler Russell
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-12-06) December 6, 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth: Meridian, Mississippi
Career information
College: Mississippi State
Undrafted in 2014
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2015)*
CFL status: International
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A

Tyler Ryan Russell (born December 6, 1990)[1] is an American football quarterback. He played college football from 2010 to 2013 for Mississippi State University, where he places fourth on the Bulldogs' career passing list with 5,441 passing yards, second on the career passing touchdowns list with 42.

Early yearsEdit

Russell attended Meridian High School in Meridian, Mississippi. As a senior in 2008, he led his team to the Mississippi 5A State Championship, where they snapped South Panola's 89-game winning streak dating back to 2003.[2] Russell was named 2008's Mr. Football by The Clarion-Ledger.[1] He was also named a Parade All-American.[3]

Russell was rated as a four-star recruit by,[4],[5] and[6] He chose to attend Mississippi State over offers from Alabama and South Carolina.[1]

College careerEdit

True freshman season (2009)Edit

Russell redshirted in 2009. Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen almost inserted him in the Bulldogs' loss to Houston but decided against it preserving Russell's eligibility.[7]

Redshirt freshman season (2010)Edit

Russell appeared in 9 games in 2010, serving as the primary backup to quarterback Chris Relf. In his debut, he threw for 256 yards and a school record-tying 4 touchdown passes in a 49-7 rout of Memphis.[8] His performance even earned him one vote in ESPN's Heisman Watch list.[9] However, as the backup, he played sporadically over the season, only throwing for over 100 yards one more time, in a 49-16 defeat of Alcorn State.

Sophomore season (2011)Edit

Russell began the 2011 season again serving as Relf's backup and only appeared in two of the Bulldogs' first five games.[10] However, after the Bulldogs went into halftime down 3-0 to UAB, Russell played quarterback in the second half, throwing three touchdown passes and leading the Bulldogs to a 21-3 victory.[11] Russell played the entire game the next week, a 14-12 loss to South Carolina,[12] and split time with Relf over the rest of the season.

Junior season (2012)Edit

Russell won the starting job in 2012 and played the majority of snaps in all 13 games. The season saw the Bulldogs start out 7-0 before limping to an 8-5 finish. Russell threw for a career-high 295 yards in a loss at LSU[13] and again tied the school record with 4 touchdown passes in a 45-14 win over Arkansas.[14] Over the 2012 season, Russell threw for 2,897 yards and 24 touchdowns, both of which were school records until Dak Prescott broke both in 2014.

Senior season (2013)Edit

Russell was named one of the captains for the Bulldogs' 2013 season.[15] He began the season as the starting quarterback, but left the opener against Oklahoma State after a concussion.[16] He was replaced by Dak Prescott and only played sporadically for most of the rest of the season, although he did start late-season games against Alabama[17] and Arkansas[18] after Prescott was sidelined with a shoulder injury. Russell left the Arkansas game after injuring his shoulder and did not appear in any more games during the season.


Season GP Comp–Att Pct. Yards TD INT
2010 9 39-67 58.2 635 5 6
2011 9 69-129 53.5 1,034 8 4
2012 13 231-394 58.6 2,897 24 10
2013 7 71-109 65.1 875 5 3
Totals 38 410-699 58.7 5,441 42 23

Professional careerEdit

Russell was signed to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers practice roster on August 19, 2015.[19]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Tyler Russell Bio". Archived from the original on September 3, 2014. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  2. "Meridian snaps South Panola streak, claims Miss. 5A title". December 8, 2008. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  3. "Meet PARADE's All-America High School Football Team". Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  4. "Tyler Russell". Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  5. "Tyler Russell". Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  6. "Tyler Russell". Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  7. "Mullen: Tyler Russell nearly played last year against Houston". September 8, 2010. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  8. "Tyler Russell records 4 TD passes in debut as Mississippi State cruises". September 4, 2010. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  9. "Tyler Russell Makes ESPN Heisman Watch List". September 8, 2010. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  10. "Tyler Russell Bio". Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  11. "Backup QB Tyler Russell steps in as Mississippi State routs UAB". October 8, 2011. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  12. "Connor Shaw's late TD pass lifts South Carolina past Mississippi State". October 15, 2011. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  13. "Zach Mettenberger, LSU coast past Mississippi State". November 10, 2012. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  14. "Tyler Russell tosses 4 TDs as Mississippi State pounds Arkansas". November 17, 2012. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  15. Stevens, Matthew (August 27, 2013). "MSU selects Russell, Perkins, Gabe Jackson and Autry as co-captains for 2013 season". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  16. "J.W. Walsh helps No. 13 Oklahoma State beat Miss. State". Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  17. "No. 1 Alabama slogs its way past Mississippi State to reach 10-0". November 16, 2013. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  18. "Mississippi State edges Arkansas 24-17 in overtime". November 23, 2013. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  19. "Bombers add quarterback Tyler Russell". August 19, 2015.

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