Tyler Russell Named Dandy Dozen

The 20th annual football Dandy Dozen has been chosen and today The Clarion-Ledger announces the third of 12 players on Mississippi’s Dream Team for 2008.

Meridian quarterback Tyler Russell is today’s choice after quarterbacking the Wildcats (11-3) to the MHSAA Class 5A semifinals in 2007.

Russell (6 feet 4, 205 pounds) completed 146 of 274 passes for 2,481 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2007 despite missing 2 1/2 games with a bruised knee. He also rushed for seven scores.

Russell’s junior season was highlighted by a five-TD night in Meridian’s 50-14 victory over Ocean Springs in the 5A quarterfinals.

Russell verbally committed to Mississippi State in April.

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