STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen waited until kickoff to determine whether Tyler Russell or Dak Prescott would start at quarterback when the Bulldogs host No. 10 LSU at home on Saturday night.
Prescott ultimately got the start under center, guiding Mississippi State to a touchdown on its first drive of the game.
But Russell wasn't far behind, starting the first series of the second quarter for the Bulldogs. He would complete 5 of 8 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns in the first half against LSU.
Mullen said on Wednesday's SEC teleconference that the plan was to start Russell, who has not played since suffering a concussion in a season-opening loss to Oklahoma State. But when it came to putting together a depth chart on paper, Mullen decided to hedge his bets and not announce a starter, choosing instead to see who stands out during pregame warm-ups.
"That's the plan," Mullen said of Russell being the starter on Wednesday. "He's looked good. Dak's looked good. It's been a pretty good week of practice for both guys. But that's still the plan, and we'll see how it goes Saturday."
Russell completed 10 of 16 passes for 133 yards before going out of the game against Oklahoma State.
Since that time Prescott has held the reins and done well, completing 47 of 85 passes for 709 yards and three touchdowns. The 6-foot-2 sophomore has added a running dimension to the position as well, rushing for 215 yards and five touchdowns in four games.
Both Russell and Prescott expected to see their fair share of time on the field against LSU.
"It's a great thing to have," Mullen said of playing both quarterbacks. "You're one play away from your No. 2 QB being No. 1 as we found out in Week 1. You should always make sure you have at least two players ready. Through my years of coaching we've had a lot of times using one or using two."