During his two years in the tiger uniform, Russell has seen playing time in 23 contests, starting 16 times and has accumulated 3,712 passing yards and 24 touchdowns.
Coming out of high school, JaMarcus was of the biggest recruits the Tigers had ever landed at quarterback, ranked as one of the top five high school quarterbacks in his class and earning a spot among various All-American teams.
During his career at Williamson
high school in
Aside from LSU, Russell was heavily
After red shirting during LSU's National Championship 2003 season, Russell came onto the scene as a freshman in 2004 as the understudy of Marcus Randall, but saw a lot of playing time, often rotating series.
During the '04 season, JaMarcus saw action in 11 games, four of which he started. He compiled 1,053 yards and nine touchdowns that season, 200 yards shy of Randall's total with an equal number of touchdown passes.
He had six appearances where he
threw for greater than 100 yards during his first year, including a 128 yard
Last year, Russell started in all
11 regular season games as well as the SEC championship before sitting out
during the Tigers Peach Bowl victory over
Seven times in 2005 he threw for better than 200 yards, including a 285 yard performance in the 34-6 win over Vanderbilt.
Russell will enter the fall at the top of the depth chart at quarterback and will be a key to the Tigers run in 2007..
Dearman's Perspective on Russell:
With all of the talk about which
quarterback will get the nod to start the 2006 season, all signs point to it
being JaMarcus Russell's job to lose. While Matt Flynn put up a solid
Though there was much talk
about who would get the job this season, the fact remains that Russell had a
good season last year with 2,443 passing yards (at a school that runs the ball a
good bit) and will enter the fall camp as the starter. With three of his top
four targets from last season's receiving corps back this year in the form of
Dwayne Bowe, Buster Davis and Early Doucet, there is reason to believe that he
will do well as the No. 1 QB once again.