No quarterback controversies this week

Dan Mullen has said that senior Tyler Russell is expected to start MSU's next game, which will be against LSU on Oct. 5. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Dan Mullen has said that senior Tyler Russell is expected to start MSU’s next game, which will be against LSU on Oct. 5. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

By Parrish Alford

Daily Journal

There is no quarterback controversy at Mississippi State.

Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen saw to that Saturday night right after MSU defeated Troy 62-7 at Davis Wade Stadium.

Mullen very clearly stood behind senior Tyler Russell, who began the season as the returning starter but suffered a concussion in the opening game against Oklahoma State.

“Tyler’s still our starter, and we plan on him starting the LSU game moving forward,” Mullen said.

The first forward step for MSU (2-2) is this week’s open date. The Bulldogs play at home against No. 6 LSU on Oct. 5.

Back to work

There is no quarterback controversy at Ole Miss either.

The Rebels are coming off an open date and are back on the road this week to face No. 1 Alabama.

Ole Miss is 3-0 for the first time since 1989 largely because of the execution of junior quarterback Bo Wallace.

After throwing 17 interceptions last year, Wallace has yet to throw one this season. His streak of 102 passes without an interception goes back to the first half of the BBVA Compass Bowl against Pittsburgh.

The Rebels remained No. 21 in the AP Top 25, while they moved up one spot to No. 21 in the USA Today coaches poll.

Ole Miss hasn’t beaten Alabama since 2003 and has won in Tuscaloosa just once, a 22-12 decision in 1988.

Alabama pulled away from Colorado State in the fourth quarter to win 31-6 on Saturday night.

MSU is 2-1 in the games Prescott has started. The wins have come against non-BCS level competition in blowouts against Alcorn State and Troy, but Prescott has played strong in all three games including a 24-20 loss at Auburn – passing for 709 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 215 yards and five scores.

He even caught a touchdown pass against Troy.

LSU (4-0) is coming off a 35-21 home win over Auburn.

parrish.alford@Journalinc.com

  • Brendan Duffy

    I am not sure what Mullen is thinking here. As a coach, your loyalty to a player should be to his performance, not his personality. Tyler may be a great a kid, but he has stunk for a full half season now and his weaknesses outweigh what strengths he has. If it it takes 5 years to realize his potential, he’s just not the guy. Dak is not only better suited for the offense, he is just better. It’s not fair to the rest of the team to dismiss that. It also makes one wonder how many other positions this is also the case………….

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  • MidTennDog

    “Tyler’s still our starter, and we plan on him starting the LSU game moving forward,” Mullen said.
    Very Sylvester Croomish of you, Dan. Stubbornness may very well be your undoing as well.

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  • GJB74

    Diversity is the key to winning in the SEC as opposed to a one dimensional QB. Dak will provide the tools we need to win and win big. We cannot go back to expecting our o-line having to hold their blocks for 4 + seconds while Russel decides what to do.