Baylor quarterback Seth Russell will undergo season-ending surgery to his neck, school officials announced Monday.
Russell was injured Saturday in the fourth quarter of the No. 2 Bears’ 45-27 victory against Iowa State. He suffered damage to the cervical vertebra and visited a specialist on Monday, according to a statement from the Baylor athletic department. The surgery has a typical recovery period of six months.
“Seth exemplifies the spirit and will of our football team, and through this our team will keep that spirit alive and well for him,” coach Art Briles said in a written statement.
Jarrett Stidham, a freshman from Stephenville, will start at quarterback. He has appeared in all seven games, throwing for 331 yards and six touchdowns on 24-of-28 passing.
Russell leads the nation in passing efficiency (189.7), passing TDs (29), passing yards per completion (17.68), points responsible for per game (30.0) and passing yards per attempt (10.52).