A lot has been made of Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott running the ball less often than he did in 2014.
Coach Dan Mullen put a positive spin to Prescott’s decrease in rushing yards.
“Some of what you are seeing is he is doing a better job with decision-making, getting the ball out of his hands, making throws where in the past he might have taken off and ran with the ball in that situation,” Mullen said during Wednesday’s SEC teleconference.
Prescott has done less scrambling this year because he appears more comfortable in the pocket. In the first three games last season, Prescott rushed the ball 40 times and attempted 72 passes. Through three games this year, the Mississippi State quarterback has 24 rushes versus 101 passes.
Against LSU, Prescott attempted 52 passes and completed 34 of them for 335 yards and a touchdown. And despite the higher volume of passes this season, Prescott has yet to throw an interception.
“He’s doing a great job managing the offense,” Mullen said. “I think a lot of his yards maybe in the past have come off of him scrambling, either scrambling to make plays or scrambling to keep plays alive.”
MissSt Dak Prescott 793 career attempts. Auburn Sean White 0 career attempts. Most experienced SEC QB vs. New starter. Right now: AU -2.5
— Jim Dunaway (@jimdunaway) September 22, 2015