INDIANAPOLIS — Dak Prescott mentions the names of Cam Newton and Russell Wilson as successful dual-threat quarterbacks that have made names for themselves in the NFL. Prescott is hoping he joins that group.
The former Mississippi State quarterback took the stage at the NFL combine Thursday with the biggest question hovering over him being whether or not he can make the transition from a quarterback who took the majority of his snaps in shotgun formation in college to being one who can take a snap under center. He knows that it’s the biggest thing he needs to show scouts this week at the combine.
“I think I have to show people that I can make all of the throws under center,” Prescott told a group of reporters at the combine. “It’s something I haven’t been asked to do in high school or college, but I’ve been working really hard at doing it in my first live reps seeing the ball under center. I’m athletic enough to do it, so I don’t think it’s going to be a hard transition.”
Prescott is arguably the most decorated quarterback in school history. He finished his career with 11,897 total yards and 111 touchdowns. Even with all of those accolades, Prescott didn’t feel like a “true” quarterback until recently.
“It’s kind of funny, but I almost feel like a big-time quarterback when I’m under center,” Prescott said. “It’s something I have embraced and I’m having fun getting comfortable at.”
We’ll see how well Prescott has adjusted to being under center when on-field drills get underway this Saturday.