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#2 JaMarcus Russell
Position: Quarterback
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 260 lbs.
Class: Junior
Experience: 3 Letters
City/State: Mobile, Ala.
High School: Williamson HS
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JaMarcus Russell Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 04/30/2007

No. 1 overall pick in 2007 NFL Draft by Oakland Raiders
2007 Sugar Bowl Most Valuable Player
2006 Manning Award winner 
2006 First-Team All-SEC (AP, SEC Coaches)
2006 Davey O’Brien Semifinalist
2006 SEC Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 30 vs. Mississippi State)
2006 SEC Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 14 vs. Kentucky)
2006 SEC Offensive Player of the Week (Nov. 4 vs. Tennessee)
2005 SEC Player of the Year (Columbus Touchdown Club)
2005 SEC Player of the Week (Oct. 8 vs. Vanderbilt)

CAREER
Capped his LSU career by being selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders ... Became only the second football player in school history (joining Billy Cannon in 1960) to be selected with the top pick in the NFL Draft ... Joined Cannon, Shaquille O’Neal (basketball), Ben McDonald (baseball) and Seimone Augustus (women’s basketball) as LSU’s No. 1 overall picks in a professional draft ... One of the top quarterbacks in school history ... Finished ranked among the top five in every career passing category kept at LSU ... Compiled a 25-4 mark as LSU’s starting quarterback ... The 25 wins ties with Warren Rabb as the third-highest total in LSU history ... Ranked second all-time at LSU in career completion percentage (61.9) and career touchdown passes (52) ... Also ranks third in career completions (493) and career passing yards (6,625) and fourth in career attempts (797) ... Is just the fourth player in school history to go over the 6,000 yard mark in total offense (6,704 yards) ... Capped career ranked No. 3 in school history with 6,704 yards of total offense, just one yard shy of tying Jeff Wickersham for second place in school history ... Only the fourth quarterback in LSU history to pass for over 6,000 yards ... Connected with WR Dwayne Bowe on 23 TD passes which ranks the pair as the most prolific pass-catch scoring combo in school history ... Has engineered eight fourth quarter or overtime victories during his career ... Leaves LSU with single-season records in touchdown passes (tied Matt Mauck with 28), completions (232) and completion percentage (67.8) ... Is the only quarterback to lead the Tigers at least 10 wins in back-to-back seasons ... Russell won 10 games as a starter in 2005 and followed that by starting all 11 victories in 2006.

JUNIOR SEASON (2006)
First-team All-SEC by both the AP and the SEC Coaches ... Joined Tommy Hodson (1987) as the only quarterbacks in LSU history to be named First-Team All-SEC by the AP and the SEC Coaches in the same season ... Capped junior season by leading the Tigers to a 41-14 win over Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl ... Named the MVP of the Sugar Bowl after throwing for a career-best 332 yards and two touchdowns in the victory ... Also rushed for a score against the Irish ... Finished the game by connected on 21 of 34 passes ... Guided LSU to come-from-behind wins over Tennessee and Ole Miss this year ... Connected with WR Early Doucet on a 9-yard pass wtih nine seconds left to beat No. 8 Tennessee, 28-24 ... Followed that with a 5-yard TD pass to WR Dwayne Bowe on fourth down with 14 seconds left to force overtime against Ole Miss ... Led the SEC and ranked third in the NCAA in passing efficiency (167.0) ... Completed 232-of-342 passes (67.8 percent) for 3,129 yards and a school-record tying 28 touchdowns with eight interceptions this season ... His 67.8 completion percentage set the LSU single-season mark, while his 3,129 yards ranks second in school history ... Joined Rohan Davey as the only quarterbacks in school history to throw for over 3,000 yards in a season ... Also set the school-record for completions in a season with 232, breaking the previous mark of 229 held by Matt Mauck (2003) ... Named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week a league-leading three times ... Most recently honored after engineering a come-from-behind victory against eighth-ranked Tennessee, connecting with WR Early Doucet on a four-yard pass with nine seconds to go in regulation for the go ahead score ... Finished the day against the Vols going 24-of-36 for 247 yards and three touchdowns, to go along with a career-high 71 rushing yards ... Also honored by the conference following the Tigers’ victories over Kentucky and Mississippi State ... Completed 15-of-18 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns versus UK ... Connected on 18-of-20 passes for a career-high 330 yards and three TDs against the Bulldogs ... With the performance against MSU he broke LSU’s record for passing yards in a half (272) and tied the school records for consecutive completions in a contest (14) and completion percentage in a game (.900) ... Was also responsible for three TDs in each of the Tigers’ victories over ULL, Alabama and Ole Miss.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2005)
LSU’s starting quarterback for first 12 in 2005 and fashioned a 10-2 record as the starter ... Led the Tigers to 4 fourth quarter comeback or overtime wins in 2005 ... Ranked third in the SEC in pass efficiency ... Connected on 188-of-311 passes for 2,443 yards, 15 touchdowns and just 9 interceptions ... Missed the Miami game in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl due to his shoulder injury suffered against Georgia in the SEC Championship game ... Injury came on a sack in the third quarter and he did not return to the contest ... Threw at least 1 TD pass in 9 straight games, a streak that came to an end against Georgia ... Threw a 39-yard TD pass to Early Doucet on a fourth-and-10 situation with just over a minute left to lift the Tigers to a 35-31 win over Arizona State in the season opener ... Hit Dwayne Bowe with a 13-yard TD pass in overtime to beat previously unbeaten Alabama ... Guided the Tigers to an overtime win over Auburn as well as a fourth quarter comeback victory against Florida ... Had consecutive 21-completion games against Mississippi State and Vanderbilt, both LSU wins ... Threw for a career-best 285 yards and 2 TDs in win over Vanderbilt ... The 2,443 passing yards ranks as the fifth-highest single-season total in school history ... His 188 completions also ranks fifth in school history, while the 15 TD passes is tied for eighth.

REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON (2004)
Served as Marcus Randall's backup for most of 2004 ... Played in 11 games, starting four times ... Engineered what was thought to be a fourth quarter comeback win against Iowa ... Trailing 24-12, he guided the Tigers on a pair of fourth quarter scoring drives against Iowa, giving LSU a 25-24 lead over the Hawkeyes with just 46 seconds remaining in the contest on a 3-yard TD pass to Skyler Green ... In the fourth quarter alone against Iowa, completed 12-of-15 passes for 128 yards and 2 TDs ... Got first career start against Florida ... Started consecutive games against Vanderbilt, Alabama and Ole Miss ... Played sparingly in the season finale against Arkansas ... Guided the Tigers to a comeback win in overtime against Oregon State in the season opener ... Finished the season connecting on 73-of-144 passes for 1,053 yards, 9 touchdowns and 4 interceptions ... Tossed 2 TDs in first collegiate game vs. Oregon State ... Followed that with a pair of TD passes the week after against Arkansas State ... Tossed for a career-best 151 yards on 7-of-11 passing against the Indians ... Connected on 9-of-12 passes for 137 yards and 1 score in a 51-0 win over Mississippi State ... Also rushed for a TD against Mississippi State.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2003)
Redshirted as a freshman in 2003.

HIGH SCHOOL
One of the nation's top rated quarterbacks ... A consensus top five national pro-style quarterback by every major recruiting publication ... Named to the prestigious Parade All-America Team ... Considered the No. 4 quarterback prospect in the country by College Football News ... Named Alabama's Mr. Football and SuperPrep Dixie Offensive Player of the Year ... Member of SuperPrep All-America Team, FSN South's Countdown to Signing Day “All-South” First Team, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 and the Orlando Sentinel All-Southern team ... The all-time leading passer in Alabama history, throwing for 10,744 yards, eclipsing the mark set by former Alabama and current Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brodie Croyle ... A two-time 5A all-state selection who rewrote the record books with 84 touchdown passes ... Connected on 219-of-372 passes for 3,332 yards and 22 TDs as a senior ... On the ground, added 400 yards and 5 TDs in 2002 ... Passed for 1,850 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior ... A standout basketball star as well ... Coached by Bobby Parrish.

PERSONAL
Born on Aug. 9, 1985, in Mobile, Ala. ... Parents are Bobby Lloyd and Zina Russell-Anderson ... Has one sister, Jalesia ... Majoring in general studies ... Made national news in the fall of 2005 after sharing his apartment with legendary musician Fats Domino in the days following Hurricane Katrina ... Actually housed over a dozen family and friends for a week following the storm.

SEASON HIGHS
Attempts: 41 vs. Florida
Completions: 24 twice
Yards: 332 vs. Notre Dame
Touchdowns: 3, five times

CAREER HIGHS
Attempts: 41 vs. Florida, 2006
Completions: 24 (twice)
Yards: 332 vs. Notre Dame, 2006
Touchdowns: 3, five times

RUSSELL’S CAREER PASSING TOTALS

Year

G-GS

Att.-Comp.-Int.

Yds.

TD

LG

2003
DNP - Redshirt Season

2004

11-4

144-73-4

1,053

9

42

2005

12-12

311-188-9

2,443

15

50

2006

13-13

342-232-8

3,129

28

58

Totals

36-29

797-493-21

6,625

52

58

RUSSELL’S CAREER RUSHING TOTALS

Year

Att.

Yds.

TD

LG

2003
DNP - Redshirt Season

2004

26

-41

1

13

2005

61

-22

2

22

2006

52

142

1

34

Totals

139

79

4

34

FOURTH QUARTER/OVERTIME COMEBACKS

Russell guided LSU to eight fourth quarter comebacks during his career.

Year

Game

4th Quarter/OT Comeback

Result

2004

Oregon State

scored TD with 1:05 left to force OT

W, 22-21 OT

2004

Ole Miss

scored TD with 10:51 left

W, 27-24

2005

at Arizona State

scored TD with 1:13 left

W, 35-31

2005

Florida

scored TD with 12:35 left

W, 21-14

2005

Auburn

scored FG with 1:40 left to force OT

W, 20-17

2005

Alabama

scored TD on 3rd down in OT

W, 16-13

2006

at Tennessee

scored TD with 9 seconds left

W, 28-21

2006

Ole Miss

scored TD with 14 seconds left to force OT

W, 23-20 OT

A Closer Look At Russell’s 4th Quarter/Overtime Comebacks
2004 Oregon State game (Tiger Stadium)
Trailing 15-7 with 1:36 to play, Russell drove the Tigers 64 yards on 4 plays, which included completions of 26 and 38 yards to Dwayne Bowe, the second of which went for a touchdown pulling the Tigers to within 15-13. Russell then tied the game with a 3-yard rush to successfully convert the 2-point attempt to tie the game at 15-15 with 33 1:05 to play. LSU went on to win the game in overtime, 22-15.

2004 Ole Miss game (Tiger Stadium)
Down 24-20 entering the fourth quarter, Russell again marched the Tigers downfield to a victory in the final stanza. Russell’s second comeback victory had the Tigers going 61 yards on 7 plays to take a 27-24 lead on a 7-yard run by Alley Broussard with 10:45 to play. The Tiger defense did the rest as LSU held on for a 27-24 win over the Rebels in Tiger Stadium.

2005 Arizona State game (Tempe, Ariz.)
LSU fell behind three times in the fourth quarter, but the Tigers took the lead for good on their final possession of the contest. Down 31-28 with 4:07 to play and on their own 9-yard line, Russell engineered a memorable drive, one that saw the Tigers go 91 yards on 10 plays. Down to their last chance on a 4th-and-10 situation at the ASU 39, Russell rolled out of the pocket, avoided a sack, and found Early Doucet in the endzone for what proved to be the game-winning score with 1:13 left in the contest. The Tiger defense then held off 15th-ranked Arizona State for a 35-31 victory.

2005 Florida game (Tiger Stadium)
Despite dominating the Gators for three quarters, the Tigers found themselves down 17-14, but with the ball going into the fourth quarter. On its first possession of the fourth quarter, Russell completed passes on 3rd down twice to keep the drive going and then ran 4 yards on a 4th-and-1 to keep the possession alive. Russell’s second 3rd-down conversion was a 31-yard strike to Dwayne Bowe, which got the ball to the Florida 12. Joseph Addai scored 2 plays later, putting the Tigers up for good, 21-17.

2005 Auburn (Tiger Stadium)
For the second time in as many weeks and the third time in 2005, Russell rallied the Tigers to a victory despite trailing in the fourth quarter. Down 17-14 with 4:52 to play, Russell completed passes of 8 and 31 yards to Dwayne Bowe, setting up a 44-yard game-tying field goal by Chris Jackson with 1:40 to play. The Tigers won the contest in overtime, 20-17.

2005 Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
Down 10-0 at halftime, Russell rallied the Tigers to a 10-10 tie with No. 3 Alabama late in the third quarter. Russell then put the Tigers in position to win the game in regulation, but Chris Jackson’s 49-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right with 54 seconds to play sending the game to overtime. In overtime, Alabama struck first, scoring on a 34-yard field goal to take a 13-10 lead. On LSU’s overtime possession, Russell completed a 10-yard pass to Justin Vincent on first down, taking the ball to the Bama 15-yard line. The Tigers managed just four yards on their next two plays setting up 3rd-and-6 at Alabama 11-yard line. Russell capped the comeback for the Tigers with strike to Dwayne Bowe in the back of the endzone giving LSU a 16-13 overtime win over the Crimson Tide.

2006 Tennessee (Knoxville, Tenn.)
For the seventh time in his career, and the first time in 2006, Russell rallied the Tigers from fourth quarter deficit to win a game. Down 24-21 following a 54-yard scoring play by Tennessee, Russell and the Tigers had 80-yards in front of them and 7:23 on the clock. Russell used both his feet and his arm to lead the Tigers to this victory. Russell ran 11-yards on 2nd-and-10 at the LSU 31 to give the Tigers a first down with just over 5 minutes to play. After an incomplete pass, two 1-yard yard runs and a 5-yard penalty, the Tigers were then faced with 4th-and-8 at the UT 42-yard line with 2:15 to go. Russell calmly connected with Early Doucet for an 8-yard gain to the UT 34-yard line to keep the chains moving for the Tigers. Russell connected with Doucet for 11 more yards on LSU’s next play and then following a Jacob Hester 9-yard run, the Tigers were all the way down to the UT 14-yard line. Keiland Williams picked up another first down with a 7-yard run to bring the ball to the 7-yard line. After two plays yielded 3 yards for the Tigers and with just 9 seconds left on the clock, Russell hit Doucet with a 4-yard pass to lift LSU to a 28-24 win over No. 8 Tennessee.

2006 Ole Miss (Tiger Stadium)
Trailing 20-7 late in the third quarter, Russell went to work, taking the Tigers on an 8-play , 59-yard drive to pull within 20-14 on a 4-yard TD pass to Early Doucet with 8:35 to play. After stalling at midfield on its next possession, the Tigers had one final shot as they got the ball back at their own 42-yard line with 2:35 to play. Russell again went to his feet, rushing 15-yards on first down to get the ball into Ole Miss territory. Following 2 plays that netted only 2 yards, the Tigers were again faced with 3rd-and-8 at the Ole Miss 41. Russell hit Craig Davis for a 20-yard gain and a first down at the Ole Miss 21. Russell converted on another 3rd-down situation, rushing 12 yards to the Ole Miss 5 with under a minute to play. Three consecutive incompletions left the Tigers down to their final play, with no timeouts at the Ole Miss 5-yard line. Russell, again came through, hitting Dwayne Bowe with a 5-yard pass to tie the game at 20-20 with 14 seconds to play. LSU’s point-after was blocked sending the game into overtime. The Tigers won, 23-20, in overtime with a 26-yard field goal for Russell’s eighth come-from-behind victory.

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