"I have never seen snow," said Russell, who is from West Palm Beach, Fla. "I am actually anticipating seeing that. I don't even have a winter coat. My mother is going to send me one when it starts getting real cold."
Russell, a freshman running back, laughed that his idea of cold has been maybe 50 degrees. "Sometimes maybe in the 40's, but that's it. No snow and ice," he laughed and said. "When I came on my official visit last year, it was cold. I couldn't even explain how cold it was but it made home seem like 110 degrees even during the winter."
He already knows he'll act a bit juvenile when he does see his first snow.
"I will just be goofy. I will go out in the snow and might even try to eat the snow or something like that. I will get used to it, but I'm going to have fun, especially with that first big snow," Russell said.
He's apt to do just that because he's normally been able to do what he puts his mind to. In high school, he played both cornerback and running back even though he was "only a running back at heart" even then when he rushed for a combined 1,815 yards and 21 touchdowns his final two seasons.
"Ever since I started football I played running back. Once I got to high school, I was moved to corner and played it, too. Most guys on our team went both ways," Russell said. "I liked starting both ways at times. I had to do a lot of conditioning. I had good times at both positions. I think I was pretty good at cornerback. I thought I could have been a SEC cornerback."
What? An SEC cornerback good enough to cover players like teammates Randall Cobb, LaRod King and Chris Matthews?
"If I had to, I could. I would need a few drills to get back on it, but I could handle it. Just don't tell them," Russell, who scored his first touchdown on a 79-yard run against Eastern Kentucky, said.
Actually, he probably could if he says so. After all, he was in his high school chess club and how many football players have that extracurricular activity on their resume.