Career Summary: Started 36 of 49 career games for the Tigers...Started five games in `05 when Memphis was in a two tight end set...Had first career pass reception, which was also first TD grab, against UTC...Also caught a pass against ECU...Saw action on special teams and was a key component in blocking for All-American DeAngelo Williams...Started in six of the Tigers' 12 games in `06...Registered first catch of the season against UTC...Recorded first career multi-catch game against Tennessee...Caught a 19-yd pass in the 2nd quarter and an 8-yd pass in the 3rd...Posted back-to-back multiple reception games against Tulsa and Marshall...Logged a career-high 83 yds on two catches versus Marshall...Registered a career-high 45-yd TD reception versus Marshall, scoring on 10th career catch...Named honorable mention All-C-USA following `07 season after starting all 13 games...Caught at least one pass in nine games, and registered multiple receptions in six contests...Averaged 7.1 yds per reception....Tallied a career-high five receptions against Rice for 28 yds and registered third career score...Recorded fifth game of the season with multiple catches against SMU...Caught two passes for 12 yds in the triple OT win...Came up with a crucial 6-yd gain in the 3rd OT to move Tigers inside SMU 20...Was 2nd on team in both receptions and receiving yards in New Orleans Bowl...Tallied four catches for 45 yds and a TD versus Florida Atlantic in the bowl game...Caught an 8-yd TD pass up the middle from Hankins on Memphis' first drive of the game.
2008 Highlights: Started 12 games at tight end...Had a reception in the first six games of the season, including multiple catches versus Rice and ASU...Also posted two receptions against ECU and USM.
2007: Started all 13 games at tight end for the Tigers, and has played in 37 straight contests...Is also a key component of the Tiger special teams unit...Caught at least one pass in nine games, and registered multiple receptions in six contests...Averaged 7.1 yards per reception...Logged three receptions in the season opener with Ole Miss for 16 yards...Caught one pass from Martin Hankins for 10 yards in the third quarter against Jacksonville State...Hauled in three receptions for 19 yards against Marshall...Caught a 16-yard pass from Will Hudgens in the first quarter to move the Tigers to the Marshall 12-yard line...Memphis scored a field goal four plays later...Caught a 10-yard pass from Will Hudgens on 3rd-and-6 in the second quarter versus Middle Tennessee...Tallied a career-high five receptions against Rice for 28 yards and registered his third career score...Pulled in the 10-yard touchdown strike from Hankins with six minutes remaining in the first quarter...Logged his fourth straight game with a reception when he caught two passes for 14 yards against Tulane...Was forced to make a tackle on a Hankins interception in the fourth quarter against the Green Wave...Allowed defender just three yards on the return...Registered his fifth game of the season with multiple receptions against SMU...Caught two passes for 12 yards in the triple overtime win...Came up with a crucial six-yard gain in the third overtime period to move Tigers inside the SMU 20...Was second on the team in both receptions and receiving yards in the New Orleans Bowl...Tallied four catches for 45 yards and a touchdown versus Florida Atlantic in the postseason contest...Caught an eight-yard TD pass up the middle from Hankins on Memphis' first drive of the game...Also had receptions of 15 and 16 yards in the game...Ended the season ranked seventh on the squad in receiving with 22 receptions for 157 yards and two scores.
2006: Started in six of the Tigers' 12 games in 2006...Registered his first catch of the season against Chattanooga...Caught a 10-yard pass from Martin Hankins in the closing seconds of the third quarter against the Mocs...Did not post a catch against East Carolina, but was credited with a seven-yard kick return...Recorded his first career multi-catch game against Tennessee...Caught a 19-yard pass in the second quarter on 2nd-and-6 versus the Vols...Later snagged an eight-yard catch from Hankins in the third quarter...Posted back-to-back multiple reception games against Tulsa and Marshall...Credited with two receptions for 10 yards versus the Golden Hurricane...Returned one game later to log a career-high 83 yards on two catches versus the Thundering Herd...Hauled in a 38-yard pass from Hankins on 3rd-and-6 from the Marshall 41-yard line to extend Memphis' drive with the ball on the 3-yard line...Tigers scored three plays later...Registered a career-high 45-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, scoring on his 10th career catch...Closed out his sophomore campaign with a five-yard catch against UTEP...Ended the year with nine receptions for 130 yards and one touchdown.
2005: Young tight end who spent his true freshman season learning the offense...Gained valuable experience behind veteran tight end John Doucette and played in all 12 games in 2005...Started five games when Memphis was in a two tight end set...Had his first career pass reception, which was also his first touchdown grab, against Chattanooga...Also caught a pass against East Carolina...Also played on special teams and was a key component in blocking for All-American DeAngelo Williams...Logged extended playing time against UCF because of an injury to Doucette...Suffered a mild ankle sprain against Houston, but did not miss any games...Was a key blocker for punter Michael Gibson who ranked 11th nationally in punting last season...Had a touchdown-saving tackle in punt coverage against Tennessee...Received one of the Chris Faros Most Improved Player Awards at the 2006 Blue-Gray Game.
2004: Redshirted the 2004 season to gain increased knowledge of the offense..
Academic Highlights: Named to Tiger 3.0 Club for 2007 spring semester.
Prep: A three-year letterman at Christian Brothers High for Coach Kevin Locastro...Was the most active pass-catching tight end in the Shelby-Metro area from 2001-03...Rated the number 2 tight end in Tennessee by Rivals.com...Had 12 receptions for 236 yards during the 2003 regular season and added three catches for 35 yards in the playoffs...Finished the 2003 season with 15 receptions for 271 yards...Averaged 18.1 yards per receptions in 2003...Named to the preseason All-Tennessee Team in 2003...Named to the 2003 preseason All-Shelby Metro first-team offense...Named to The Commercial Appeal's 2003 "Best of the Preps" (Private School Division)...Was also named to the All Shelby-Metro first team and the Division 2 All-State team...Selected to play in the AXA Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game in 2003...Picked to play in the East-West Shrine All-Star Classic...Was ranked ninth in Shelby-Metro in receiving yards per game in 2002...Had 31 pass receptions for 677 yards and six touchdowns in 2002...Still holds the CBHS school record with the 91-yard touchdown reception he recorded against Melrose High...Was ranked 10th in Shelby Metro in catches per game with an average of 2.8...Was a first team All-Division 2 selection in 2002...Was named to the All-Shelby Metro Team (2nd) in 2002...Named to the All-MIAA Team in 2002 (Private School Division)...Was named second team All-Tennessee in 2002...Selected to the 2002 Tennessee Sports Writers Division 2 All-State team...Had 46 receptions for 948 yards in his final two seasons at CBHS...Also lettered one season in baseball.
Personal: Brett William Russell is the son of Ronnie and Susan Russell...Born March 21, 1986, in Memphis, Tenn....His father, Ronnie, played baseball at Ole Miss (1976-79) and for the New York Yankees (1980-81)...His uncle, Stump Russell, was an all-SEC linebacker at Ole Miss (1972-74)...His uncle, Coot Russell, was a starting center at Ole Miss (1978-80)...His grandfather, Billy T. Russell, was a running back at then-Memphis State (1953-54)...Is named after Major League Baseball player Brett Butler.
RUSSELL'S CAREER RECEIVING STATISTICS YR G/S NO YDS AVG TDS LG 2005 12/5 2 26 13.0 1 26 2006 12/6 9 130 14.4 1 45 2007 13/13 22 157 7.1 2 16