Two-year starter who completed 54.7 percent of his passes and threw for 2,126 yards, 20 touchdowns and eight interceptions in nine games in 2016 before suffering a season-ending dislocated ankle in November. Started seven games as a junior before a neck injury ended his season after he completed 59.5 percent of his passes for 2,104 yards and 29 touchdowns with six interceptions. Threw 85 passes in 2014, accumulating 804 yards and eight touchdowns against one interception and starting one game.
Ultra-productive college passer with an injury history. Sells ball fakes, shows patience in the pocket and scans the field going through progressions. Releases the ball with proper footwork, gives his receivers a chance to make the reception and puts touch on throws when necessary. Knows where his receivers are on the field, has a competitive nature and works to make positive plays.
Lacks a true deep arm. Does not drive long passes. Makes questionable decisions on occasion. Takes a while to get the ball out of his hands and does a bit of gathering to set up in the pocket.
When healthy and behind center, Russell was a competitive and productive quarterback who moved the chains and got his team in the end zone. He possesses solid physical skills, but his inability to stay healthy and on the field is a big red flag.