Anthony Russo is a big, physical and solid quarterback prospect. I love quarterbacks that sit in the pocked and deliver. I am not knocking the running quarterbacks of the world, but Russo is a throw first kind of guy. I am a fan of Russo, last year I watched him eat up Bucknell becoming the first Temple QB to ever throw for 400 plus yards twice in his career.
Russo came to Temple after a phenomenal high school career at Archbishop Wood in Pennsylvania. He threw for 2,500 yards and 35 touchdown passes.
Russo would redshirt his freshman season and after a year of learning in 2017, he would have his hands full. He entered into a four way battle to earn the starting quarterback but did not see any action at QB. He would get to hold a field goal against UCF though, being his first live game action.
In 2018, things would change for Temple and Russo. Russo, was the primary back-up but would eventually coming in and leading the Owls to a 7-3 record. He finished throwing for 2,563 yards and dropped 14 dimes for touchdowns.
Last season, Russo was a beast. As you read earlier he crushed Bucknell, and finished on the Maxwell Award Watch List, and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Watch List. Last year, he went 246-419 and led his team to the endzone 21 times. He finished passing for 2,861 yards to just 12 interceptions.
Anthony Russo has now played in 28 career games going into his final season, and I would like to believe the Owls are in good shape. I am a undercover fan of Russo. He has a big time arm, and when breaking down QB’s I love to see that.
NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Notes:
Anthony Russo is a big time playmaker. Last year, he impressed the hell out of me by distributing the ball around the field. The 6040, 240 pound gunslinger reminded me of Landry Jones in his prime. Russo will have a hard time getting his name called on Draft Day because less that 12 are drafted every year. I think he is definitely a top 12 QB prospect but when you start adding in Juniors, Russo may have to make it the hard way. But I would not bet against him. – Damond Talbot, NFL Draft Diamonds, Owner