At Colorado: Signed with Colorado out of high school and spent two seasons in Boulder...played on special teams in all 12 games, including the Big 12 Championship Game that year...missed the Houston Bowl with a knee injury...red-shirted the 2003 season as a defensive back...earned Scout Team Award in preparation for the Iowa State game in 2003... spent the 2005 season at Coffeyville Junior College in Coffeyville, KS...enrolled at Clemson in January and will go through Spring practice with two seasons of eligibilty remaining...majored in journalism at Colorado.
In High School: Lettered all four years during his high school career, and as a senior, he earned PrepStar All-America honors, while Prep Football Report named him to its all-Southeast team....SuperPrep selected him to its all-Dixie team, as he was tabbed the No. 5 player in Tennessee (and the No. 1 defensive back), with Rivals.com ranking him the No. 15 defensive back in the country....first-team all-state....junior year, he was once again named to the all-state...as a senior, he was in on 44 tackles, had four interceptions, 20 pass deflections and three forced fumbles....on offense he saw some limited, but very valuable time at receiver, as he caught five passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns....his junior year, he had 40 total tackles (two for losses), as he finished with three interceptions and 25 pass break ups...during his sophomore campaign, he totaled 35 tackles (20 solo), adding one recovered fumble, 18 pass deflections and a career best five interceptions....started as a freshman and finished the year with 31 total tackles, four interceptions and 15 pass break ups....top career game came during his senior year: in a 19-13 win over Smyrna, he had a 67-yard touchdown reception and was in on seven tackles, and had incredible eight passes deflections, with the most important coming on Smyrna's last-second desperation pass, which was intercepted by a teammate... Hillsboro complied an impressive 50-6 record during his career under coach Ron Aydelott, as it won its region all four years....Hillsboro was 14-1 his senior year, 14-1 his junior season,13-1 his sophomore year, and 9-3 his freshman season...played in the Tennessee-Kentucky All-Star game in June of his senior year...lettered four times in basketball, as he earned all-region (11-5A) first-team honors at forward as a junior and senior, the latter when he averaged 22 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks per game.... lettered once in track, participating in the 100 meters (10.9) and several relays....a Distinguished Scholar (honor roll) member at Hillsboro...born August 14, 1984 in Nashville, Tenn....member of 100 Scholar program which helps with Habitat for Humanity and several area food drives... cousin (David Mimms) played receiver and cornerback at Middle Tennessee State from 1993-95.
Mickey Plyler on Russell: Probably the best compliment you can give Russell is Clemson didn’t want to take a junior college player but they still took Russell. He originally committed to Tennessee out of high school but signed with Colorado where he played corner and safety. Clemson likes him enough where he will definitely make an impact next season.
Reminds Plyler of: Darnell Stephens
Russell on Clemson: "I really can't wait to run down the Hill. The fans were going crazy, when the cannon shot off. The fans were loud the whole game, and that is definitely the type atmosphere I want to play in."
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