During his time at Mississippi State, Dak Prescott worked primarily from a shotgun formation, taking snaps a few yards behind the center.
After being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2016 and attending his first minicamp, it was apparent to Cowboys quarterback coach Wade Wilson that Prescott would need some work with his footing as he learned how to operate under center in a pro-style offense.
“The snap, he’d never done that,” Wilson said. “Never called a play. He had his feet all goofed up. Never been under center too much. Never. Rarely said the words in the huddle or really any verbal communication at all.”
Prescott was adamant that he would fix this problem, and quickly.
“He said, ‘Give me a week and you’ll never know that I played exclusively in the shotgun and never called a play,'” Wilson said. “He said, ‘I’ll get it fixed.’”
Fixed it was, as Prescott went on to win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year while leading the Cowboys to a 13-3 regular season and NFC East title.
The starting quarterback position for the Cowboys only became Prescott’s due to a preseason injury to mainstay Tony Romo. With Romo now gone, it is officially Prescott’s team, and he is not resting on his laurels after a successful rookie season.
“He is relentless,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “It means a lot to him. It’s a huge priority for him obviously to be great. I think it’s all in front of him. Each year it’s going to be better.”
That sounds like bad news for the rest of the NFL.