Is the starter at free safety entering the season...Had a strong spring as he continued the transition from offense to defense...Had starts on both sides of the ball in 1999.
1999: Started the season at quarterback, but saw most of his action at the strong safety spot...Opened his junior campaign by throwing for 118 yards and connecting on two touchdown strikes on 8-for-17 passing against South Florida...Also had a 43-yard run against the Bulls...Completed 8-of-21 passes for 93 yards against Illinois...Saw limited action in SDSU’s 41-13 win over Kansas and at USC ...Made his defensive debut at Utah, tallying 10 tackles (four solo)...Broke up a pass and assisted on two tackles against BYU...Finished the season by recording four solo tackles and assisting on two others vs. Wyoming...Also broke up a pass against the Cowboys.
1998: Took over at quarterback for injured starter Spencer Brinton in first quarter of USC game...Went on to lead SDSU to a Las Vegas Bowl berth...In his last three games, completed 55 passes in 84 attempts (.655) for 663 yards (221 ypg) with two touchdowns and one interception...Had a QB efficiency rating of 137.26 in final three contests...His 267 yards passing vs. UTEP in the season finale was his highest output of the season...His five rushing touchdowns on the year are the most for an SDSU quarterback since Matt Kofler had seven in
1981...Received team’s offensive captain award...Threw a 31-yard TD pass to Damon Gourdine for the first scoring pass of the season...Also accounted for SDSU’s first rushing touchdown of 1998 off the bench on a fourth-and-goal situation vs. Wisconsin ...First start came vs. Arizona...Ran for 51 yards in Aztecs’ first win of season at Tulsa, most rushing yards for an Aztec QB in 17 years.
1997: Redshirted for the Aztecs after transferring from Penn.
Penn: First freshman to start at quarterback…Started two games against Harvard and Cornell...Saw action in 10 games…Completed 27 passes on 43 attempts for 320 yards and four touchdowns and four interceptions…Named Ivy League rookie of the week.
High School: Quarterback for the 1995 CIF Division I champion Bishop Amat…Del Rey League Champions in 1993-94 and CIF runners-up in 1995…Named all-Del Rey League and East-West All Star MVP.
Personal: Brian William Russell was born Feb. 5, 1978, in West Covina…Enjoys surfing and playing basketball…Physical therapy major ...1997 and ‘98 Monty Award Winner for maintaining a 3.5 or higher GPA…1998 academic all-WAC selection and a 1999 academic all-MWC selection.