Following a monstrous 201-yard performance against Rhode Island, Georgia State running back Donald Russell was named Colonial Athletic Association player of the week. He led the Panthers to their first victory of the season, in a 41-7 thrashing of the Rhode Island Rams.
Despite the team's struggles, Russell has been a consistent bright spot. The running back, who transferred from Kentucky last season, leads the CAA in rushing, averaging 106.1 yards per game.
In an interview with Doug Roberson, Russell attributes his recent success to a lot of hard work outside of practice:
"Just the film work, knowing the personnel, knowing the types of defense our opponents will run. Other than that, just talking with my offensive line and knowing when I see a hole I have to hit it and make something happen."
Russell also cites his increased capacity as a receiving target. He is second on his team with 15 receptions for 160 yards.
In the same interview, Russell talks about getting donuts for his offensive line, his new nickname (The Donald), and aspirations of playing in the NFL.