Bully the Bulldog, cowbells and Dak Prescott. There is nothing that personifies Mississippi State football more than those three.
In 2010, who would have thought that the three-star, No. 33 overall recruit in Louisiana would redefine a program? Five years later, that recruit owns 12 Mississippi State single season records and five career records. He’s thrown for almost 9,000 yards, rushed for another 2,400 and collected more than 100 career touchdowns. He guided the Bulldogs to a No. 1 ranking last season and four straight bowl eligible seasons.
There are, of course, black marks on his record. But he doesn’t try to hide them. This week alone, Prescott himself has publicized last year’s heartbreaking loss to Ole Miss, when the Bulldogs lost just their second game of the season and watched the Golden Egg head for Oxford.
Saturday, he’ll try to get it back for the final time this season — a game he admitted means so much, he might cry.
“There are going to be tears at some point,” he wrote in a letter to fans Monday. “I’m not sure if they’re going to come out on Saturday, when I walk with my family on the field for Senior Day, or if they’re going to come at Senior Tackle, our last practice here before we leave for the bowl game. But they’re going to come.”
It’s clear that Mississippi State has meant a tremendous amount to Prescott in the five years he’s lived in Starkville, and he made sure each player, coach and fan knew that.
“When you go to school in a small town like Starkville, there’s an intimacy with the fans that cannot be replicated elsewhere,” Prescott wrote. “All the time that I’ve been here, people have been reading about my story and feel like they really know me. That’s a special feeling, something I’ll always take with me.”
There’s a part of Prescott that all of his fans will take with them when he leaves as well — earlier this week, a kindergarten student wrote that he was thankful that Dak Prescott didn’t get hurt. And with today being Thanksgiving, it’s time to recognize that.
There is arguably no player in Mississippi State history more worth of thanks than Dak Prescott.