The West Virginia Mountaineer football team are 91 days away from the 2021 season opener against a familiar former rival, the Maryland Terrapins. As the countdown continues to start with jersey numbers and mountaineering moments, we highlight some of the greats who have ever worn old gold and blue. Today we’re looking at former linebacker Bernard Russ.
The Utica, NY native burst onto the scene in 1995. He was second on the team in tackles with 78 tackles, including two sacks and six tackles for a loss, as well as three passing deflections and two interceptions. .
In his final season as a mountaineer, West Virginia’s defense led the nation in total defense, was No. 2 in ground and rotational defense, and No. 4 in goal defense. Russ led the team in tackles with 88 and three sacks, six TFLs left with three forced fumbles, five pass deviations and one interception, earning him the second All-East team.
After his career in West Virginia, Russ played three seasons with the New England Patriots from 1997 to 1999. He then played one season in the XFL for the New York / New Jersey Hitmen in 2001 before playing a season in the League. Canadian Football Association for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2002.
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