JaMarcus Trenell Russell is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for three seasons with the Oakland Raiders. Russell played for the LSU Tigers from 2003 to 2007. His 10,774 career passing yards broke the Alabama High School Athletic Association record and still stands today. He was released by the Raiders in 2010.
About JaMarcus Russell in brief
JaMarcus Trenell Russell is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for three seasons with the Oakland Raiders. He is considered one of the NFL’s biggest busts. Russell was born in Mobile, Alabama, and attended Lillie B. Williamson High School. His 10,774 career passing yards broke the Alabama High School Athletic Association record and still stands today. He was selected by the Raiders first overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. Russell engaged in a contract holdout until the second week of the 2007 season. His tenure with the Raiders would be defined by inconsistent play and questions over his work ethic, leading to his release in 2010. Russell won the Sugar Bowl in 2007 and received the game’s MVP honors. At the end of the 2006 season, Russell was named to the all-SEC first team, ahead of Kentucky’s Andre Woodson and Florida’s Chris Leak. On January 10, 2007, Russell stated that he had decided to skip his final season of NCAA eligibility to enter the NFL draft. Russell played for the LSU Tigers from 2003 to 2007. He led the Tigers to a 10–1 regular season record, the Southeastern Conference Western Division title, and a top five ranking going into the SEC Championship Game. He also won the SEC Offensive Player of the Week award three times during the regular season. Russell received an honorable mention on the AP’s All-SEC Team. In the Allstate Sugar Bowl, he was named over 350 yards and rushing combined and scored three touchdowns, leading LSU to a 41–14 win over Notre Dame.
At his senior year, he completed 219 of 372 passes for 3,332 yards and 22 touchdowns and rushed for another 400 yards and five touchdowns. Russell also played basketball and threw the javelin in track and field. In February 2003 on National Signing Day, Russell committed to Louisiana State University over Florida State University. He redshirted his freshman year and by the fall of the 2005 season,Russell was the starting quarterback for the Tigers. He had a productive 2006 regular season, leading theigers to a10–2 record and a BCS Sugar Bowl berth. Russell injured his shoulder in a loss to Georgia in theSEC Championship Game, and missed the team’s bowl game. He played in 2006, beating out Matt Flynn and highly touted redshirt freshman Ryan Perrilloux. In 2007, he changed his jersey number from 4 to 2 before the season began, and was named honorable mention All-American by Parade magazine. In 2008, Russell played in his final game of the season against the University of Florida. He passed for 2,616 yards and 20 touchdowns during his sophomore year and led the team to the semifinals. In 2009, Russell threw a touchdown pass to Early Doucet on 4th down in the final minute of the game, as the Tigers defeated Arizona State 35–31. In 2010, Russell announced he was leaving LSU to play in the NFL. He has been named an assistant coach at the University of Louisville.