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#4 Chris Russell
Position: Safety
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 205
Year: Redshirt Freshman
City/State: Nashville, Tenn.
High School: Hillsboro
Experience: Redshirt

AT COLORADO: This Season (Fr.-RS) -- Enters the fall listed second at strong safety.  He figures to work his way into the rotation, especially in CU’s nickel and dime packages.  He had nine tackles and two passes broken up in the three main spring scrimmages.

 

2003 (Fr.) -- Redshirted; practiced as a defensive back most of the fall (both at corner and safety), and saw some spot trials at wide receiver.  He earned the Scout Team Defense Award for the Iowa State game.

 

HIGH SCHOOL -- He lettered all four years during his high school career, and as a senior, he earned PrepStar All-American honors, while Prep Football Report named him to its all-Southeast team.  SuperPrep selected him to its all-Dixie team, as he was tabbed the No. 5 player in Tennessee (and the No. 1 defensive back), with Rivals.com ranking him the No. 15 defensive back in the country.  He was selected second-team all-Tennessee, while earning first-team all-state (4A) honors.  He also received first-team all-Midstate honors from the Nashville Tennessean, first-team all-region (11-4A) and all-city accolades.  His junior year, he was once again named to the all-state, all-Midstate, all-region and all-city first-teams, as he garnered all-region and all-city honorable mention honors both his sophomore and freshman seasons.  As a senior, he was in on 44 tackles, had four interceptions, 20 pass deflections and three forced fumbles.  On offense he saw some limited, but very valuable time at receiver, as he caught five passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns.  His junior year, he had 40 total tackles (two for losses), as he finished with three interceptions and 25 pass break ups.  On offense, he reeled in four catches for 95 yards and one score.  During his sophomore campaign, he totaled 35 tackles (20 solo), adding one recovered fumble, 18 pass deflections and a career best five interceptions.  He also played sparingly on offense catching three passes for 40 yards and one touchdown.  He started as a freshman and finished the year with 31 total tackles, four interceptions and 15 pass break ups.  Top career games all came during his senior year: in a 19-13 win over Smyrna, he had a 67-yard touchdown reception that gave Hillsboro the lead.  On defense, he was in on seven tackles, had eight passes deflections, with the most important coming on Smyrna’s last-second desperation pass which he tipped to teammate Joe Sanders for an interception.  In a 42-7 win against Antioch, he had a 58-yard reception for a score, and finished with eight tackles, one interception and three pass break ups.  In the state semifinal game, he helped lead Hillsboro to a 7-6 victory, as he racked up nine tackles, six pass deflections and two forced fumbles.  Hillsboro complied an impressive 50-6 record during his career under coach Ron Aydelott, as it won its region all four years.  Hillsboro was 14-1 his senior year (falling short in the state championship game to Maryville, 29-26), 14-1 his junior season (Maryville won this won, 34-27, in the state title game), 13-1 his sophomore year (losing in the state semifinals to Memphis East) and 9-3 his freshman season.  He had one tackle (for a 5-yard loss) in the Tennessee-Kentucky All-Star game in June of his senior year.  He lettered four times in basketball, as he earned all-region (11-5A) first-team honors at forward as a junior and senior, the latter when he averaged 22 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks per game.  He has lettered once in track, participating in the 100 meters (10.9) and several relays.

 

ACADEMICS -- He is a pre-journalism major at Colorado.  He is a Distinguished Scholar (honor roll) member at Hillsboro.

 

PERSONAL -- He was born August 14, 1984 in Nashville, Tenn.  His hobbies include watching movies, cooking and playing video games.  He is an usher at his church and a member of his school’s “100 Scholars” program which helps with Habitat for Humanity and several area food drives.  He has known prep teammate and fellow CU recruit Joe Sanders since age 11, as well as CU basketball player David Harrison from Brentwood Academy (also in Nashville) since 1998.  A cousin (David Mimms) played receiver and cornerback at Middle Tennessee State from 1993-95.

 

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