Michigan State football lands graduate transfer QB Anthony Russo from Temple

Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press
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Michigan State football quickly changed course from signing prep prospects Wednesday to diving head-first into the transfer market to find another quarterback.

Temple's Anthony Russo announced via Twitter he will become a Spartan as a graduate transfer. He joins the 2021 class with incoming freshman Hamp Fay, a three-star high school recruit from Texas who coach Mel Tucker said will enroll in January.

Temple Owls quarterback Anthony Russo (15) throws a pass in the first quarter of the NCAA American Athletic Conference game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and the Temple Owls at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019.
Temple Owls quarterback Anthony Russo (15) throws a pass in the first quarter of the NCAA American Athletic Conference game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and the Temple Owls at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019.

Russo is a 6-foot-4, 240-pound native of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, who was 92 of 135 with nine touchdowns and six interceptions in three games this sesason for the Owls. That included a 41 for 63 game with 392 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions at Memphis on Oct. 24. He missed the rest of the season after that with a shoulder injury and then being sidelined due to COVID-19 protocol.

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While this was Russo’s fifth season at Temple — where he ranked among the program’s top four in passing yards (6,287), completions (536), attempts (899) and touchdowns (44) – he will use the extra year from the NCAA to play a sixth season at MSU. Russo was enrolled in graduate classes at Temple this fall after earning his advertising degree in the spring.

The Spartans currently have junior Rocky Lombardi, sophomore Theo Day, redshirt freshman Payton Thorne and true freshman Noah Kim as scholarship quarterbacks on the roster.

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