By this point, it’s not a secret: Dak Prescott is having an impressive rookie season, and he’s leading the Dallas Cowboys to success.
But not too long ago, he was doing something similar at Mississippi State. He was leading one of the top teams in the nation, taking the Bulldogs to new heights.
While some may question how alike the stages might be (quarterbacking “America’s Team” vs. a team from Starkville, Miss.), Prescott says being a star at Mississippi State actually helped prepare him for a more prominent national spotlight.
“People always say there’s no way Mississippi State prepared you for all of this this, and I always say y’all just don’t understand,” Prescott told ESPN.com’s Jean-Jacques Taylor on Thursday.
“At Mississippi State, they were wild. I couldn’t go to class. When I was in class, people were asking me to sign stuff and they were taking selfies with me on the way to class. In the NFL, it might be crazier on social media but, in person, it’s actually easier because everyone understands it’s just my job. In college, they’re not thinking like that.”
There was another event prior to Prescott’s first snaps with the Cowboys that helped prepare him for what the spotlight would be like — a DUI arrest two months before this past April’s NFL Draft.
“The scrutiny I went under with the DUI is a whole lot worse than anything people can say about my play in football,” Prescott told ESPN.com. “that’s scrutiny on my character, something I hold a whole lot higher than the athlete I am.”
But as long as Prescott continues to have success for the 12-2 Cowboys, the national conversation likely will continue to be positive.
Through 14 games of his NFL career, Prescott has thrown for 3,418 yards and 20 touchdowns, while also rushing for another six scores.