By Logan Lowery
STARKVILLE – Mississippi State’s quarterback situation remains uncertain heading into the final game of the regular season.
The Bulldogs have had question marks surrounding the position since Week 2, as Tyler Russell and Dak Prescott have missed a combined six games this season due to injury.
Prescott has missed the last two outings and has been ruled out for the Egg Bowl against Ole Miss on Thursday.
The sophomore suffered a nerve injury to his left arm late during the Texas A&M game but could potentially return to the field should MSU advance to a bowl game.
“Our doctors were hoping he’d progress faster but he hasn’t, so we’re hoping to get him back for a bowl game,” said MSU coach Dan Mullen.
Russell’s status remains questionable. The fifth-year senior injured his right shoulder during the fourth quarter against Alabama and re-aggravated it on the final drive against Arkansas over the weekend.
“Tyler’s the same as he was last week,” Mullen said. “We’ll see as the week goes on. He’s day-to-day.”
If Russell is unable to play, true freshman Damian Williams will get the start this week. Williams has appeared in only four games this season but scored the game-winning touchdown on a 25-yard run on the first play from scrimmage in the Bulldogs 24-17 overtime victory against Arkansas.
“Hopefully Tyler’s ready to go,” Mullen said. “If he’s not, we’ve got Damian. For the last two weeks he’s had his number called at some interesting times. His first play was at the minus-3 yard line last Saturday and his next play was in overtime and didn’t get many snaps in between.
“The week before he comes in during the fourth quarter to try and lead a comeback against the No. 1 team in the country. We’ve thrown him in that fire the last coupe of weeks.”
State also has walk-ons Sam Cowart and Josh Hand on stand by as well as junior Jameon Lewis as a Wildcat option.