October 11, 2011

Who's the starting quarterback?

Since Tyler Russell rallied Mississippi State in the second half to a 21-3 victory over UAB fans and media members alike have wondered who Dan Mullen will start at quarterback on Saturday against South Carolina.

The third-year head coach has been vague this week on which of his three signal callers will get the nod but has confidence the trio is capable of getting the job done.

Russell, Chris Relf and Dylan Favre have all taken reps with the first team this week in preparation for their game against the Gamecocks.

"With the quarterbacks, no one is shy about stepping into the first team huddle," Mullen said. "They've all done that through spring and through training camp. Even throughout the fall they take reps so that they're ready to play in a game. It doesn't really affect the team either because they are used to it as well."

The offense was shutout in the first half against the Blazers only gaining 118 yards and seven first downs with Relf at the helm. Russell was inserted in the second half completing 11-of-13 passing for 166 yards, three touchdown and no interceptions while the offense increased it's production to 298 yards and 16 first downs.

"Give Tyler a lot of credit," Mullen said. "He always acted the right way and was prepared to go into the game. That's how we prepare them. A lot of times backups are sitting there saying 'I'm not going to get a chance so why should I prepare that hard?' You can see how he's prepared and ready to step foot on the field ready to go play."

Mullen stated that he might not announce the starting quarterback until the offense takes the field for the first time on Saturday. He also joked that he might have Relf, Russell and Favre all announced as the starter on the jumbotron during pregame or could simply run the first play in the wildcat formation.



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