Honors: 2011 – Earned the most improved strength training award for safeties following spring drills … Named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 5 and Oct. 24 … Named Honorable Mention All-Sun Belt … Named Second Team All-SBC by Phil Steele … 2010 – Named honorable mention All-Sun Belt by the league’s coaches and media.
2011: Played in all 12 games and had 11 starts … Led the team with 1,049 total snaps and earned 14 winning grades from the coaches … Led the Blue Raiders with a career-best 88 tackles to go with 7.0 TFLs, three pass breakups, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles … Also led the team in punt returns (15-143) and kickoff returns (43-892) … Registered a team-high 13 tackles (11 solos) in first career start at Purdue while playing a team-best 95 snaps … Also added a sack and an interception that he returned 34 yards against the Boilermakers … Collected seven tackles and a pass breakup against GT … Had six stops at Troy … Turned in seven tackles, a TFL, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery against Memphis … Registered 10 tackles, including a TFL and two pass breakups … Had seven tackles to go with a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and an interception (returned 64 yards) in the win over FAU … Collected nine tackles, including a career-best three TFLs at Tennessee … Also had nine stops at ULM to go with a TFL … Turned in a career long 38-yard punt return against FIU … Sat out the first half against North Texas due to a violation of league policy but finished with five solo stops.
2010: Played in all 13 games as the primary kickoff and punt returner ... Also saw action in the nickel package on defense ... Had 371 total snaps during the season ... Earned 13 winning grades from the coaches ... Defensively, had 14 tackles and a fumble recovery for the year ... Led the Blue Raiders in punt returns with 24 for 163 yards (6.8) ... Also had 32 kickoff returns for 842 yards (second-most in a season at MT) and one touchdown (ranked 30th nationally with a 26.1 average) ... Against APSU he had two tackles, two punt returns for 28 yards, and three kickoff returns for 77 yards with a long of 41 yards ... Had four kickoff returns for 109 yards at Memphis and served as a game captain ... Recovered a fumble and returned it eight yards against Georgia Tech ... Added two stops against ULM ... Averaged 27.5 yards on six kickoff returns at ASU ... Returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown at WKU.
Cerritos College: Rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com ... Earned all-Northern Division Central Conference first team honors in 2008 and 2009 as an all-purpose performer and defensive back ... Led Cerritos in 2009 with 952 all-purpose yards despite not having a single offensive touch in 11 games ... Registered 54 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 12 pass breakups, four interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and two forced fumbles in 2009 ... Averaged 30.1 yards per kick return and 26.2 yards per punt return ... Scored three touchdowns in 2009 with two on interceptions and one on a kick return ... Recorded a 91-yard interception return, an 85-yard kickoff return, and a 78-yard punt return.
High School: Chosen First Team Press Telegram Dream Team and was selected the Most Valuable Player of the Area his senior year at Gahr High School ... Also named First Team All-CIF as a senior and was a two-time First Team All-San Gabriel Valley League selection ... Posted 167 tackles with 11 interceptions and scored five touchdowns as a senior, while he posted 88 stops with three interceptions and scored two touchdowns as a junior ... Named Second Team all-league as a sophomore after he registered 30 tackles, two interceptions and scored two touchdowns ... Also spent three years on the track and field team.
Full Name: Eric Russell ... Parent: Eric and Ginger Russell ... Born: 10/19/90 ... Major: Undecided.