Dak Prescott has surprised a lot of people in this preseason. Prescott has taken the NFL by storm, whether it be with his spectacular play or being named the Dallas Cowboys’ starter after an injury to Tony Romo.
But his former head coach, Dan Mullen, isn’t surprised at all by the success. Prescott did set numerous school records while at Mississippi State. But he ended up falling to the Cowboys in the fourth round of the NFL Draft.
“He’s going to handle the moment well,” Mullen told reporters. “He’s been in a lot of pressure situations.”
Mullen on Dak Prescott: "He's going to handle the moment well. He's been in a lot of pressure situations … I'm just proud of him."
— Bob Carskadon (@bobcarskadon) August 29, 2016
Despite being the eighth quarterback taken in the 2016 NFL Draft, he will be the first from his draft class to start a game. Jared Goff and Carson Wentz were taken with the first two picks.
Despite throwing for 454 yards and five touchdowns in three preseason games, Prescott didn’t get the starting job until Romo suffered a broken bone in his back against Seattle.
“I’m sure it wasn’t the way Dak wanted to be the opening day starter for the Cowboys but he will be prepared for the moment,” Mullen said.
Mullen: "I'm sure it wasn't the way Dak wanted to be the opening day starter for the Cowboys but he will be prepared for the moment."
— Robby Donoho (@RobbyDonoho) August 29, 2016
Prescott’s first NFL game will be against the New York Giants on Sept. 11. As for Mississippi State, the Bulldogs have not named a starter for their first game against South Alabama.