By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
STARKVILLE – Tyler Russell might someday be Mississippi State’s starting quarterback, and he got to play the role Friday.
MSU held split practices on Day 2 of preseason camp, with the morning session comprised mostly of starters and newcomers. Russell, who backs up Chris Relf, took part in the evening work, as did third-stringer Dylan Favre.
So Russell, a third-year sophomore, got first-string snaps. He was deadly accurate in every drill, with only a handful of off-target throws – and they weren’t off by much. It’s a long way until the season opener, but Russell was in top form.
“Our summer conditioning program with the receivers, and running and throwing, we throw like four or five days a week,” he said. “And it’s just us out here and us teaching, and I think we did a pretty good job of that this summer, and it shows in practice.”
Russell and Favre both found redshirt freshman tight end Brandon Hill to be a reliable target Friday, although Favre was a little wild at times. He did make some nice throws on the move, as did Russell, who tossed strikes all over the field.
The defense got the best of both QBs during two-minute drills at the end of practice. Russell hopes that changes today, as the Bulldogs will don pads for another set of split practices.
“It’s kind of hard for my offensive line out here with the defense going full speed with no pads, so we’ll see what happens (today),” Russell said.
Today’s practices will also be split, and they’re the last to be open to the public. The first session is at 8:45 a.m., and second one at 2:45 p.m.