Few players have meant more to their program than Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott.
Prescott holds 38 school records and has made an impact as a leader on and off the field. The senior quarterback addressed his teammates and coaches after Saturday’s practice, thanking them and leaving them with some lessons he has learned. A recap of Prescott and departing coach Tony Hughes‘ speeches was written by The Clarion-Ledger’s Michael Bonner.
Here is what Prescott had to say:
“I’m going to keep it simple. I want to thank everybody. I want to thank coach Hevesy for recruiting me. Coach (Dan) Mullen for giving me the opportunity to play here,” Prescott said. “I love all of y’all. I love you like brothers, man. This is a family. Coach (Brian) Johnson, I appreciate everything, making me a better player.
“I just have to say, hard work, man. Hard work pays off. I think I’m a prime example of that. I’m not any more athletic than any of y’all. I’m probably the least athletic, but I’ll tell you, hard work, love what you do, having the passion for what you care for, man, it will really pay off. I think I’m a prime example of that. Take advantage of every opportunity you give a man and just do it with relentless effort. Love what you do. I love y’all.”
Prescott will play his final game for Mississippi State in the Belk Bowl against N.C. State on Dec. 30 at 3:30 p.m. ET.