Dak Prescott is going to need to add another page to his résumé.
Tuesday, the All-SEC quarterback became the first Mississippi State player to win the Senior CLASS award, given to the most outstanding senior football player.
The award, an acronym that stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, is awarded to “the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities,” the award’s website reads.
Prescott’s win was just the second national award won by a Mississippi State player in the 116-year history of the school’s football team — the other being Johnthan Banks’ 2012 Jim Thorpe award for the best defensive back in football.
“I tried—to the best of my ability—to represent our football team in a first-class manner in everything I did, and I am thankful for receiving the Senior CLASS Award because it embodies more than just on-field performance,” Prescott said via a release by the school. “I have always taken pride in being active in our community my entire career. There is a special relationship with Starkville and our football team, and I feel my teammates and I have played an important role in shaping that.”
Prescott is the 12th SEC player to win the award, and the first since Tim Tebow in 2009, who was also coached by Dan Mullen.
“Class is something that has epitomized Dak Prescott’s entire career,” Mullen said. “He has been a tremendous ambassador for our university and football team, and I am proud of him capturing the Senior CLASS Award. Whether it was his work in the community or his leadership on the field, Dak has raised the standard of excellence at Mississippi State. He will leave Starkville with an undergraduate degree, a master’s degree and a lifetime of memories.”
Last year, Prescott received an undergraduate degree in educational psychology. He completed a master’s degree in workforce leadership in December.
On the field, the senior, who plays his final game as the Bulldogs quarterback Wednesday in the Belk Bowl, owns 38 school records and is one of only four players in FBS history to account for 60 passing touchdowns and 40 rushing touchdowns in a career.
“This dynamic young man will always hold a special place in the hearts of everyone in the Bulldog family,” MSU President Mark Keenum said. ”‘Class’ is indeed the word I think of when I think about Dak.”