Relf Will Take First Snap Against Tigers

After summer workouts in unforgiving heat and the competition of fall practice, the Mississippi State coaching staff has named the starting quarterback for this Saturday's season opener against the Memphis Tigers. Will it be Chris Relf or Tyler Russell? Click inside to see.

There has been a lot of speculation about the starting Mississippi State quarterback for Saturday's game.

Mississippi State head man Dan Mullen discussed the quarterbacks during his weekly press conference Monday but didn't name a starter.

He simply said, "The quarterback situation right now, I think it's going pretty well. I have a pretty good idea how we're going to do it. I think in the first game we'll play more than one quarterback.

"Only one of our guys has limited experience at that position anyway. We've got to get the experience going at that position. Our guys have competed well. So I think you can count on seeing more than one quarterback in the game Saturday."

However, according to coaching sources, has learned who that starter will be.

"Chris Relf will start Saturday," according to our sources.

Relf, who dominated a very good Ole Miss defense to help lead Mississippi State to a convincing 41-27 Egg Bowl victory over the Rebels last season, will be starting his first game as a Bulldog.

Relf will be the fourth different quarterback to start a season opener for the Bulldogs over the last four seasons.

"Tyler Russell will also play in the first half," said the source.

Russell, a redshirt freshman and a high school Parade All-American, will be under center in an actual game for the first time since he led his Meridian High School team to a victory over South Panola High School in the 2008 Mississippi high school 6A championship game.

Mississippi State plays Memphis Saturday night. Kickoff time is set for 6pm and the game will be televised on ESPNU.

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