Originally posted on The Belly of the Beast  |  Last updated 10/1/13
For the first time since the season-opening game against Oklahoma State, Mississippi State will have both of its quarterbacks healthy and available to play on Saturday when they take on LSU in Starkville.  Tyler Russell, who started the season, suffered a concussion against the Cowboys and was replaced by Dak Prescott, who has started the last three games. In relief, Prescott has led the Bulldogs to a 2-1 record, which includes wins over Alcorn State and Troy, and a loss to Auburn in a game they probably should have won.  But, under Prescott, the Mississippi State offense has looked alive and nothing like the stagnant version that bumbled around against Oklahoma State. Some credit goes to the drop in competition level, but many State fans believe Prescott, who is a strong runner, is more suited for Dan Mullen's offense than Russell, who is more of drop-back passer.  Prescott's success forced head coach Dan Mullen to address the potential for controversy before the Troy game when he said, "I've never had a quarterback controversy in all my years coaching...".  Then Prescott went out and piled up 322 total yards and 4 touchdowns (1 passing, 2 rushing, 1 receiving) in a 62-7 win.  After a bye week, Mullen slightly adjusted his tone on Sunday saying two starting quarterbacks is "a good problem to have", and "it's always going to change from game-to-game.  We'll figure that out on game day when we have the final plan ready for LSU."  He went on to say that the plan is for Russell to be the starter against LSU and for the rest of the season (OR MAYBE NOT, HE'S NOT GONNA TELL YOU THE FINAL PLAN). However, it's clear that Mullen believes in playing both quarterbacks during a game.  If he could make it work, he might try something like Louisiana-Monroe did against Baylor when it played with two quarterbacks on the field: The only issue with that idea is that Russell would never be seen as a legitimate running threat like both of LA-Monroe's quarterbacks, and defenses could properly adjust.  But there is one other option Mullen has at his disposal. Behold, DAKTORRUSSELLSAURUS: The advantages of the Daktorrussellsaurus: -Takes care of any quarterback controversy that isn't a controversy -Legitimizes the "two starting quarterbacks" statement -FOUR LEGS OF FURY -Looks intimidating -According to the official Mississippi State roster, number 1517 is available -1715 is also available -Could reduce equipment costs -Fans who favor one over the other have one less complaint Disadvantages of the Daktorrussellsaurus: -Both quarterbacks are right-handed, so one of them won't be able to use that hand -Two arms of eh -Not sure 1517 and 1715 are legal numbers under NCAA or SEC rules -Quarterback-under-center exchange could be challenging -Center would have to feel two different hands against his undercarriage (COULD BE A LITTLE WEIRD) -Brains not being in sync could cause direction issues -Not sure how strong the jersey is to keep from ripping if the brains aren't in sync when running -Not sure what the rule is when one of them falls out of the jersey but the other keeps going -Fans now have a new complaint if it doesn't work Just throwing it out there, so, HEAD ON A SWIVEL, JOHN CHAVIS.  HEAD ON A SWIVEL.
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