Senior QB one of 15 up for national quarterback award.
Senior QB named league's top offensive player for the week, while junior NB wins defensive honor.
Seth Russell threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score.
Bears place four players on award that has expanded criteria.
Bears represented by three offensive players and two defenders.
The Bears face Kansas, on October 15, 2016.
MAXWELL AWARD CANDIDATE
WALTER CAMP AWARD CANDIDATE
DAVEY O'BRIEN CANDIDATE
WUERFFEL TROPHY CANDIDATE
MANNING AWARD CANDIDATE
UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD CANDIDATE
CAMPBELL TYLER ROSE AWARD CANDIDATE
Fifth-year senior... Tall, athletic quarterback, returning from injury to reassume starting position as senior... Earned 2015 All-Big 12 honorable mention in injury-shortened junior campaign... Put up astonishing statistical numbers (and earned wide Heisman Trophy mention) and led Baylor to No. 2 national ranking before suffering season-ending neck injury in seventh game of 2015 (had 35 combined TDs and averaged 358.0 yards of total offense through seven games)... Owns or shares seven school passing records entering 2016, including single-game TD passes (six) and single-game TDs responsible for (six)... Baylor career leader in pass efficiency (178.4), total offense yards/play (9.4), passing yards/attempt (10.2) and passing yards/completion (17.3) entering 2016... Other career ranks (entering 2016): third in TD/interception ratio (4.0), fourth in passing TDs (40), fifth in interception percentage (.03), sixth in completion percentage (.588) and 16th in passing yards (3,335)... Led Big 12 in pass efficiency rating in 2014 as reserve sophomore (164.6)... Selected 2016 preseason All-Big 12 by Lindy's (second team), Athlon and Phil Steele (third team)... Named "Strongest Arm" in Big 12 by Lindy's... Timed at 4.49 in 40-yard dash... Vertical jump measured at 41.8 inches, broad jump at 10-feet, 4-inches... Holds 8-0 record as Baylor's starting quarterback... Traveled to Brazil for mission trip with Baylor student-athletes in May 2016... Graduated in May 2016 with a degree in communication studies.
2015 (Junior): Starting QB through first seven games before suffering season-ending injury... Named honorable mention All-Big 12 by league coaches and semi-finalist for Davey O'Brien Award... Had led Baylor to No. 2 national rank on cusp of seventh-straight win when suffered neck injury... Ranked 15th nationally and fourth in Big 12 with 29 passing TDs in just seven games... Broke single-season school record with 10.06 total offense yards per play... Totaled 2,104 yards, 29 TDs and six picks on 119-200 passing and 402 yards and six TDs on 49 rushes on season... Ranks on Baylor single-season charts: second in pass efficiency (189.72), second in pass yards/attempt (10.5), second yards/completion (17.7), tied for fourth in pass TDs (29), fifth in TD/interception ratio (4.8)... Tied school record by accounting for six TDs (five passing, one rushing) in season-opening win at SMU, finished with 376 yards passing and 59 rushing... Threw for 342 yards and four TDs (23-34-3), including season-long 61-yarder to Corey Coleman, in win over Lamar in second game... Tied school record with six touchdown passes in win over Rice in third game, threw for 277 yards on 12-16 passes... Totaled 286 yards and four TDs through air and 81 yards and two TDs on ground in win vs. Texas Tech in fourth game, named Sporting News Ultimate Player of Week and Campbell Tyler Rose Award Player of Week... Passed for 246 yards and three TDs (18-17) and ran for 5-yard TD in win at Kansas in fifth game... Had monster performance in win over West Virginia in sixth game, threw for season-high 380 yards with five TDs and ran for career-high 160 yards (on 14 carries) and TD... Second player ever at BU to pass for 300-plus and run for 100-plus (joined Robert Griffin III)... Named national player of week by Walter Camp Award, Athlon, Davey O'Brien Award, Campbell Tyler Rose Award, also honored as Big 12 Conference Player of Week... Threw for 197 yards and two TDs and ran for 64 and TD before neck injury in fourth quarter in win over Iowa State in seventh game ended season.
2014 (Sophomore): Played in eight of 13 games, started once, as second-string QB for 2014 Big 12 champions... Led Big 12 with 164.4 pass efficiency rating... Totaled 804 yards and eight TDs on 48-of-85 passing, and 185 yards and three TDs on 32 rushes (5.8 average) on season... Played entire second half in season-opening win over SMU, threw for 124 yards and TD (13-of-23, interception) and ran for season-high 46 yards... Made first career start (in place of injured starter Bryce Petty) in second game vs. Northwestern State, led BU to win and tied school record with six TDs accounted for... Only played one half, totaled 438 yards and five TDs on 16-of-25 passing (added rushing TD), named Big 12 Co-Offensive Player of Week... Threw season-long 81-yard TD pass to KD Cannon in first quarter... Threw for 64 yards and TD on 2-of-3 passing, and had season-long 31-yard rushing TD, in win at Buffalo in third game... Threw for 21 yards and ran for 44 in win at Iowa State in fourth game... Threw one incompletion at West Virginia in team's seventh game... Threw for 69 yards and ran for 25 and TD in win over Kansas in eighth game... Totaled nine passing yards and 14 rushing in win at No. 16 Oklahoma in ninth game... Took over for injured Petty in third quarter in win over Texas Tech in 11th game, threw for 82 yards and TD on 8-of-17 passing and ran for 29 yards on seven carries.
2013 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in seven of 13 games as backup QB... Earned first career letter... Threw for 427 yards and three TDs on 26-of-43 passing (60.5 percent) with three interceptions on season... Also ran for 147 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries... 37 of 43 season attempts came in first six games of season... 381 of 427 season passing yards thrown in first four games... Played extensively in five of season's first six games... Made collegiate debut in season-opening win over Wofford, threw first career TD (season-long 70-yarder to Corey Coleman in third quarter) and ran for first career TD (13-yard rush in third quarter)... Finished with 99 yards on perfect 4-for-4 passing and totaled seven rushing yards... Threw for 114 yards and one TD on 6-of-9 passing and rushed for 18 yards in win over Buffalo in second game... Passed for season highs of 119 yards, one TD, seven completions, nine attempts, and rushed for 29 yards in win over ULM in third game... Threw for 49 yards and rushed for six in win over West Virginia in fourth game... Did not play in fifth game... Ran for season-long 40-yard TD and threw for 39 yards in win over Iowa State in sixth game... Had seven-yard completion and ran for 15 yards in win at Kansas in seventh game... Played once over final six games, ran for 29 yards on three rushes (attempted no passes) in win vs. Texas Tech in ninth game.
2012 (True Freshman): Sat out first season at Baylor and participated on practice squad, redshirted to retain eligibility... Dressed for 12 of 13 games (all but season opener), but did not see any game action.
High School: Dual-threat quarterback from Garland (Texas) High School... Three-sport star played football for head coach Jeff Jordan at GHS... National position rankings: No. 41 by 247Sports.com, No. 47 by ESPN.com, No. 70 by Scout.com... No. 106-rated prospect in Texas according to ESPN.com, rated No. 155 by 247Sports.com... Rated No. 72 by Dallas Morning News SportsDay's Dallas-Area Top 100, fifth among quarterbacks... Named 2011 second-team All-District 10-5A as senior after leading GHS to 9-3 record and area second round of playoffs... 2011 stat totals: 103-188 passing for 1,502 yards and 12 touchdowns, rushed for 471 yards and seven TDs on 83 attempts... Selected 2010 honorable mention All-District 10-5A as junior for 7-4 Garland squad... Threw for 779 yards on 66-of-134 passing and seven TDs as junior despite hand injury... Also ran for 395 yards and three TDs on 81 rushes... Letterman in football, basketball and track (4x200 meters) at GHS.
Personal: Son of Ronnie and Andrea Russell... Full name is Seth Andrew Russell... Born Jan. 27, 1994, in Dallas... Graduated in May 2016 with a degree in communication studies.