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(Editor's note: The following article was written by Anderson County resident Ryan Alves, the sports editor of The Eastern Progress at Eastern Kentucky University.)
Jacob Russell has decided to pursue his dream.
Russell, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound quarterback from Anderson County who was on scholarship at Eastern Kentucky University last fall, said he has started classes at the University of Kentucky and has decided to walk-on for head coach Joker Phillips and the Wildcats.
"I'm going to walk-on for (UK)," Russell said. "He said he wants to try me at quarterback and I’ll have to sit out a year, but I’ll still have three years of eligibility left.”
Russell saw action in seven of EKU's 11 games this season, completing 12 of 26 passes for 125 yards and rushing 36 times for 84 yards and two touchdowns.
“When I signed on to play football (at EKU) this wasn’t what I imagined,” Russell said. “I want to be able to follow my dream and play in the NFL. So to do that I have to compete at the highest level. I want to get the best out of myself.”
In 2009, the Kentucky Football Coaches Association named Russell the Class 5-A Player of the Year, when he threw for 2,244 yards and 20 touchdowns and ran for 14 touchdowns.
During his high school career, Russell threw for over 6,000 yards and led Anderson to a 30-11 record as a starter.
UK showed some interest in Russell out of high school, so when he got his release from the Colonels he jumped at the opportunity to send it up I-75.
“Playing Division-I has always been a dream of mine,” Russell said. “And so is playing in the SEC. I can’t wait to get started.”