Former Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott has been outstanding in his first two NFL preseason games with the Dallas Cowboys, completing 22 of his 27 passes for 338 yards and four touchdowns. He added two more scores on the ground on Friday vs. the Miami Dolphins.
What’s the secret of his success? Simple — college preparation.
“The offense we ran at Mississippi State was nothing short of an NFL offense,” Prescott said, per a report from USA Today’s Lorenzo Reyes. “The only thing that was different is that we didn’t go under center. I swear to you, in (pre-draft) visits, every play they showed me, I could name it. We just called it something different. At another team I visited, they ran the exact same stuff we ran.
“Knowledge-wise, I think I’m the smartest quarterback that came in this class. I would love to go on the board and go head to head with anybody else. That’s how I feel. That’s how confident I am.”
Prescott has impressed his teammates, including starting quarterback Tony Romo and the team’s star receiver Dez Bryant, who has caught two of Prescott’s four TD passes.
“Man, I’ll tell you this: rookie is a name — just a name that they give you in the league,” Bryant said, per the Cowboys’ team website. “Either you can do it or you can’t. The guy is a student — give it to him. You’ve got to give it to him. He wants to learn, he wants to be good. He’s sitting behind a Hall of Famer. Give him his credit.”
Meanwhile, Romo said he’s been “very impressed.”
“It kind of reminds me a little bit of back in the day in some capacity,” Romo told the Cowboys’ website. “He’s playing great. To have depth at that position, it’s a big, big bonus. Hopefully he can continue to do that. And he’s a good kid, so you really root for him.”