By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
STARKVILLE – With a large black brace wrapping his left leg, Tyler Russell hobbled onto the field and threw some passes. Flat-footed.
Even on one leg, he was pretty good.
It was only a drill with tight ends and no defenders involved, but it was a sign that Russell is eager to get back on the practice field after tweaking his knee in Tuesday’s practice. Coach Dan Mullen doesn’t expect the sophomore quarterback to miss much time as the Bulldogs continue preparations for the Music City Bowl.
It means more snaps for senior Chris Relf and freshman Dak Prescott, who is redshirting.
As for other personnel matters, cornerback Corey Broomfield (shoulder) and running back Nick Griffin (leg) were held out of contact Wednesday. Offensive lineman Archie Muniz is out with a torn ACL suffered prior to the Egg Bowl, and he’s already had surgery.
Receiver Brandon Heavens isn’t with the team right now as he deals with what Mullen said were “personal issues.” He expects Heavens to play in the bowl game against Wake Forest on Dec. 30.
This time last year, Mullen was working out a new and improved contract with MSU. It will pay him $10.6 million over four years, and now that he’s taken State to two straight bowl games, the natural question is if his contract will get another tweak.
When asked that question during an interview Tuesday night, athletics director Scott Stricklin turned to Mullen and asked with a smile, “Did you set him up for this?”
On a more serious note, Stricklin hopes to get Mullen’s contract extended back to the four-year limit allowed by state law.
Cox honored again
Fletcher Cox earned another All-American honor Wednesday, as the Associated Press named him to its third team. Cox was a first-team pick by Pro Football Weekly on Monday.
The junior has made 49 tackles, 12.5 tackles-for-loss and 4.0 sacks this season.