Tyler Russell Interview
Sr. / Mississippi State / QB

Updated - 8-2-13

By: Alex Khvatov


Alex Khvatov:  What are your measurements (height and weight)?  

Tyler Russell:  6’4 1/2 and 230.


Alex Khvatov:  Coming out of high school, what programs showed interest in you?

Tyler Russell:  Pretty much all the SEC schools.


Alex Khvatov:  What made you choose Mississippi State?

Tyler Russell:  I just love the atmosphere, and it’s close to home.


Alex Khvatov:  What has your head coach Dan Mullen taught you?

Tyler Russell:  He just taught me to take care of the ball and do the things necessary to move the offense down the field.


Alex Khvatov:  Tell me about your junior season.

Tyler Russell:  I did some good things, did some things I need to improve on, and I’m looking forward to that in 2013.


Alex Khvatov:  The season ended on a sour note with the loss in a bowl game against Northwestern.  How difficult was it to handle it?

Tyler Russell:  I think it just motivated me to get better.


Alex Khvatov:  What did you learn about your team after the spring?

Tyler Russell:  How hungry we are and ready to work.


Alex Khvatov:  What are your team and individual goals for this upcoming senior season? 

Tyler Russell:  For the team, I definitely want to win and get to Atlanta.  I want to go to the SEC Championship.  For me, just to do anything necessary to help us get to that goal.


Alex Khvatov:  You lost five receivers from last year’s team, how will you replace that type of production?

Tyler Russell:  I got a lot of young guys, and they are very hungry and ready to step up and make a name for themselves.


Alex Khvatov:  What are your strengths on the football field?
Tyler Russell:  Knowledge of the game, arm strength and just getting rid of the ball quickly.


Alex Khvatov:  What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?

Tyler Russell:  Footwork drills and stuff like that.


Alex Khvatov:  What is the highlight of your career so far?

Tyler Russell:  Being able to be a part of an SEC team like Mississippi State.


Alex Khvatov:  Describe your teammate RB LaDarius Perkins.

Tyler Russell:  He’s smart, intelligent, good with the football, can run and catch the ball out of the backfield.  He is also a good person to have back there.


Alex Khvatov:  What is your favorite NFL team?

Tyler Russell:  I don’t really have one. I just idolize different quarterbacks.


Alex Khvatov:  Who is your favorite NFL player?

Tyler Russell:  Peyton Manning.


Alex Khvatov:  Who is the toughest player that you have faced during your career?

Tyler Russell:  Johnthan Banks in practice.


Alex Khvatov:  What do you enjoy the most about playing football? 

Tyler Russell:  Just getting out there and going to play.


Alex Khvatov:  As a quarterback, what does it take to be a leader?

Tyler Russell:  Hard work, just show the team that you are always ready to play and have their backs.


Alex Khvatov:  What are your hobbies? 

Tyler Russell: Hunting and just hanging out with the guys.


Alex Khvatov:  What makes you a unique individual?

Tyler Russell:  My knowledge of the game and passion to play all the time.


Alex Khvatov:  Finish the sentence, Tyler Russell is….

Tyler Russell:  A hard worker that will do whatever it takes to help the team win.



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