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Mississippi State Quarterback Controversy? It Doesn't Sound Like It

On Sunday, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen seemed to dowse water on the fires of a quarterback controversy in Starkville saying that if healthy, Tyler Russell would start against the Auburn Tigers.

Butch Dill

After Dak Prescott's performance against the Alcorn State Braves Saturday, a growing number of Mississippi State fans hoped to see him take over the quarterback position.

However, in Dan Mullen's Sunday comments, as relayed by Matt Stevens and The Commercial Dispatch, it appears that all will return to status quo should Tyler Russell be healthy enough to play this weekend.

If Tyler is healthy and ready to go, he'll be playing quarterback for us. If he's not, then Dak (Prescott) will be playing quarterback for us.

--Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen

Mullen said he believes it will be later in the week before Russell would be cleared for practice, and until that clearance comes, Prescott will take snaps with the first team in practice.

Of course, the situation begs two questions. What happens with the situation if Russell is not cleared for the Auburn game? Also, what happens if Russell struggles or Prescott shines in the contest against the Tigers?

Everyone will know by this time next week.