Seth Russell had been one of the top quarterbacks in the nation throughout the majority of the college football season, but unfortunately the Baylor Bears star suffered a season-ending neck injury. He will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, but that hasn’t stopped him from continuing to be a leader for his team.
According to a report from ESPN, Russell made an emotional speech to his Baylor teammates following learning the news that he would be done for the year.
Baylor offensive tackle Spencer Drango was moved by the speech and talked to the media about how he felt following hearing his quarterback talk to the team.
“In true Seth fashion, it was all about us and not really about him,” Drango said. “Keep going. Don’t do it for me. Do it for the team. Keep playing. He got emotional, so it made all of us get emotional. But that helped us.”
Corey Coleman is one of the top players in the nation and is currently on our Heisman watch list heading into Week 9 of the season. He was asked about his thoughts following the speech as well and it is very obvious that he is hurting seeing his quarterback go through all of this.
“It hurt me to see him like this,” Coleman said. “When he talked to us, it really touched my heart. It’s just a bad feeling, because I know how hard he worked. We had big goals and big plans.”
Throughout the 2015 season leading up to the injury, Russell had completed 59.5 percent of his passes for 2,104 yards, 29 touchdowns and six interceptions. His completion percentages could use some work, but the touchdown number is impressive and he has done an excellent job of taking care of the football.
All of that being said, it is sad to see Russell going through this situation but it is great to see him continue his leadership role.
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