Mississippi State Bulldogs: What We Learned In Week 5, What To Look For In Week 6
There could be a quarterback controversy brewing in Starkville. Mississippi State (2-2, 0-1) senior quarterback Tyler Russell is expected to return against LSU this week after missing three games because of a concussion. Head coach Dan Mullen says he’ll likely get playing time along with sophomore Dak Prescott.
Russell had the best passing season in Mississippi State history last year, throwing for 2,897 yards and 24 touchdowns, but Prescott has done very well in his place. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Prescott adds more of a running threat and he’s already rushed for 215 yards and five touchdowns this season.
Now, he’s back on the bench. But for how long? If Russell starts and the Bulldogs are ineffective on offense, will Mullen yank the senior and stick with Prescott the rest of the way? Will they alternate series? It’s going to be interesting.
What to look for in Week 6: Two things. No. 1: Can the Bulldogs’ inexperienced defense stop LSU? Mullen says figuring out a way to stop the Tigers’ offense is harder than ever. That’s because quarterback Zach Mettenberger has developed into one of the SEC’s best, throwing for 1,398 yards, 13 touchdowns and just one interception this season.
No. 2: Who will take most of the snaps at quarterback? Russell is a senior and was the undisputed starter entering the season. But in his absence, Prescott has emerged as an apt replacement. Honestly, the offense looked more productive in Weeks 2 through 4 when Russell was recovering from his concussion.
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