Mississippi State Passing Game Blossoms with Tyler Russell

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Tight end Marcus Green and receiver Chad Bumphis came to Mississippi State with dreams of catching touchdown passes.

Instead, the seniors have spent most of their careers as wallflowers.

But new starting quarterback Tyler Russell is much more adept in the passing game than Bulldog quarterbacks of the past, and its Green and Bumphis who have become his favorite targets.

The duo has combined for five touchdowns through two games this season, reaping the benefits of a revamped offense as Mississippi State (2-0) prepare to face Troy (1-1) on Saturday.

It's not that Green and Bumphis just learned how to catch a football. It's that the offense is finally built to show off their talent. And the veterans are taking advantage of their opportunities.

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