Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen isn’t worried about QB Dak Prescott’s transition to the NFL.
Prescott will make his first regular season NFL start this Sunday for the Dallas Cowboys against the New York Giants. He’ll be one of only two rookie quarterbacks starting in Week 1, along with No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz for Philadelphia. While many questioned Prescott’s readiness for the pro game, Mullen isn’t one of those people.
On the SEC coaches teleconference Wednesday, Mullen said the former Bulldogs quarterback benefitted a lot from staying in college and spending that time developing his skills.
“He’s a guy who went through five years of college,” Mullen said. “He didn’t jump early to go to the NFL. He stayed. He developed in college. He had highs, he had lows in college. He was able to grow and mature. I think one of the things for him is during his time here at Mississippi State, he got to learn through good and bad: you’re as good as your last play. You’re as good as you’re last game. That’s all.”
One of the biggest knocks against Prescott leading up to the draft was that he played in Mullen’s spread-option system. The assumption was that he would take a while to adjust to a pro-style offense. But Mullen and Prescott don’t share those concerns. The coach said Prescott told him Mississippi State is “basically running the same offense” as the Cowboys, and that only the terminology was different.
He didn’t seem to be having any trouble with the transition in the preseason, during which he completed 78 percent of his passes for 454 yards, five passing touchdowns and no interceptions while also running for two scores.
Mullen said he will talk to Prescott again before his debut, and that he knows his former quarterback will do everything he needs to do to succeed.
“I’m sure I’ll text him before the game,” Mullen said. “But I’m really excited for him for that opportunity, and I know he’s going to prepare to the absolute best of his ability to give his team everything he has.”