For the first time in 21 years, a Mississippi State quarterback has been named the SEC offensive player of the week. Tyler Russell, a junior from Meridian, took that honor this morning when the SEC announced its weekly awards.
According to the MSU media guide, the last State QB to earn the honor was Sleepy Robinson, who won it twice during the 1991 season. Other QBs to win it: Tony Shell (1988) and Don Smith (twice in ’86).
This is the second SEC honor for Russell, who was named freshman of the week in 2010 after his first career game, when he lit up Memphis in the season opener for 256 yards and four touchdowns.
In Saturday’s 28-10 win over Auburn, Russell completed 20 of 29 passes (70 percent) for 222 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. He led MSU on three big second-half scoring drives after Auburn took a 10-7 lead. On the season, Russell has completed 35 of 53 passes (66 percent) for 407 yards, five TDs and no picks.
Russell is ranked 23rd in the country in pass efficiency with a rating of 161.68.