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Temple transfer, quarterback Anthony Russo chooses MSU football

December 16, 2020
<p>Former Temple University quarterback Anthony Russo surveys the field before making a pass during the Owls&#x27; game against South Florida University at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Oct. 17, 2020. (Photo courtesy: COLLEEN CLAGGETT / THE TEMPLE NEWS)</p>

Former Temple University quarterback Anthony Russo surveys the field before making a pass during the Owls' game against South Florida University at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Oct. 17, 2020. (Photo courtesy: COLLEEN CLAGGETT / THE TEMPLE NEWS)

All eyes on Dec. 16 have been on MSU's recruiting trail as first-year Head Coach Mel Tucker took on his first signing period with the program.

It didn't take long for the program to make some noise.

MSU shored up several positions on both sides of the ball, a four-star linebacker flipping from USC might be the highlight of the first day of early signing period.

Now, MSU might have its quarterback for next season too. Former Temple quarterback Anthony Russo announced on Twitter on Monday afternoon that he would be transferring to Michigan State as a graduate transfer after starting three seasons under center for the Owls football program.

The 6-foot-4, 240 pound Russo, who has thrown for 6,292 passing yards, 44 touchdown passes and 32 interceptions over three seasons of playing time and 31 total games, led Temple to 8-5 records in both 2018 and 2019 as the primary quarterback for the team.

He will join Rocky Lombardi, Payton Thorne — who was announced the starter of Saturday's game against Maryland — Theo Day and Noah Kim in the quarterback room for MSU.

In 2019, the Doylestown, Pennsylvania, native became the only Temple player in school history to throw for 400 or more yards twice in their career after passing for 409 against Bucknell.

Despite 2020 not going as planned for the graduate transfer, he found a new home as a highly touted transfer.

Russo opened up the 2020 season with one passing touchdown in the game against Navy but later suffered a shoulder injury and was sidelined the rest of the season with the injury and due to COVID-19 protocols. His last game was on Oct. 24, a 41-29 loss to Memphis in which he threw for 392 yards and four touchdowns. Across three games, Russo was 92-of-135 passing for more than 800 yards and nine touchdowns and six interceptions. He also had two rushing scores in 2020.

2020 was the quarterback's fifth year with the Temple football program. Russo was a three-star recruit in the class of 2016 and ranks in the top four in Temple program history for completions, passing yards, attempts and touchdowns.

He received a degree, according to his Temple athletics bio, in advertising last spring semester. Despite being at Temple for five years, he will utilize the final year of his eligibility granted by the COVID-19 damaged season to play football for the Spartans.

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