Super-utility player who could play any position on the field • Will likely start the season at second base but can also play shortstop and third base • Started the 2012 season in the outfield before being forced into action at shortstop.
Appeared in 62 games with 62 starts, 32 in the outfield, 10 at third base and 20 at shortstop • Posted a .269 average (60-223), the fifth highest among consistent starters • Scored 40 runs and drove in 24 runs • Tallied 14 doubles and one triple • Stole 14 bases in 17 attempts, tying him at second on the team • Drew the third highest number of walks on the team with 36 • Notched a hit and RBI in his collegiate debut against Xavier (2/17) • Tallied two hits, both of which were doubles, and two RBIs in back-to-back games against Xavier (2/18) and Wright State (2/24) • Drew two walks on five different occasions over the season • Notched a season-high four hits against Virginia (4/13) • Scored three runs against Wright State (2/24) • Drove in three runs off two hits while scoring a run against Wake Forest (3/31) • Stole two bases and tallied one hit and one RBI against Princeton (3/20).
Hopewell High School
Coached by Chuck Greeson and David Brown at Hopewell High School • Ranked the No. 16 player in North Carolina by Impact Baseball • Rated a top 1000 prospect by Perfect Game • Earned all-conference honors as a sophomore • Missed his junior season due to injury.
Personal Michael Joseph Russell is the son of John and Suzanne Russell • Born on January 30, 1993 in Roswell, Ga. • Father is a member of the Massachusetts High School Basketball Hall of Fame • Majoring in management and society at Carolina.