Finished spring practice as the No. 2 tailback behind senior Derrick Locke ... Has outstanding speed and the quick burst necessary to go the distance ... Showed a tantalizing taste of the future when he zipped 79 yards for a touchdown against Eastern Kentucky last season ... Starred in the 2010 Blue/White Spring Game when he rushed nine times for 118 yards and two touchdowns, including a 65-yard dash for a score ... Also has good strength for a player his size.
High School: One of the nation's top 50 running backs as projected by Rivals.com ... Also on Rivals' list of the top 100 players in Florida ... Played both cornerback and running back at Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. ... Was a full-time corner with additional duty as a ballcarrier ... Rushed for 893 yards and 12 touchdowns during his senior season, going to the semifinals of the state playoffs in Class AAAA ... Gained 932 yards and nine TDs as a junior, when his team hit the state quarterfinals ... First-team all-conference as a senior, second team as a junior ... Named to the "Super 11" team for Palm Beach County ... Played in the Florida North-South All-Star Game and had a long touchdown run ... Also played for the winning team in the Palm Beach County All-Star Game ... Coached by Jack Daniels ... Also a track standout, competing in the long jump, 100-meter dash and 4x100-meter relay ... Best time in the 100-meter dash in 10.7 seconds ... Member of the school's Chess Club.
Personal: Born in West Palm Beach, Fla. ... Son of Donald Russell Sr. and Latanya Russell ... Major is family science.