Former Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott had an incredible rookie season for the Dallas Cowboys. And he knows what that means for his sophomore season in the league.
He’s no longer going to catch teams by surprise as the rookie who is surprisingly accurate and unafraid. There’s a full season of film on him now, and defensive coordinators are likely doing plenty of homework on how to stop No. 4 in 2017.
But that doesn’t keep Prescott up at night. In fact, he welcomes the challenge.
“Anytime you’ve had the success that I had in one year, obviously my first year, I expect things to get harder,” he told reporters last Saturday at 105.3 The Fan’s annual MudBug Bash, per the team’s official website. “I wouldn’t want it any other way. I know that defenses got more looks at me, so they’re going to throw things at me, but I’m excited for all of it. I’m excited for the challenge.”
That type of talk is the mark of a player who is destine for good things.
Prescott exceeds everyone’s expectations in 2016, leading the Cowboys to a NFC East division crown and a 13-3 record as a fourth-round rookie at the hardest position to play in the league. The performance not only helped Dallas fans forget about the back injury long-time starter Tony Romo suffered during the preseason, but it ultimately led to Romo deciding to hang up his cleats and try his hand at broadcasting knowing the team was in good hands with Prescott.
Of course, acting with wisdom well beyond his 23 years, Prescott handled that touchy transition with nothing but maturity and class.
Prescott is set to begin voluntary offseason workouts with his teammates as they look to avenge a Divisional round loss to the Green Bay Packers in last season’s playoffs. He will again be flanked by fellow second-year star Ezekiel Elliott at running back, working behind one of the league’s best offensive lines.