Things don’t get any easier for Texas A&M this weekend.
The No. 14 Aggies are coming off of a 28-21 overtime victory against Arkansas but will face another tough SEC West opponent this Saturday when they host No. 21 Mississippi State and All-SEC quarterback Dak Prescott.
The Aggies (4-0, 1-0 SEC) opened the season with a win over Arizona State, which boasts a talented passing game, but now need to stop a player in Prescott who some consider to be the top quarterback in the SEC.
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin spoke on Wednesday during the SEC teleconference about his team’s upcoming SEC showdown with Mississippi State (3-1, 1-1), and had nothing but praise for Prescott.
“He is everything you want in a quarterback,” Sumlin. “He’s smart, he’s physical, he exudes confidence. He’s a great ambassador for Mississippi State and the league, and a tough guy. (Prescott) has been on the big stage, understands what winning is about. You watch him, he’s poised, he’s got everything.”
That seems like hefty praise to give any player, but Prescott has been a model player and person since arriving in the SEC. He’s already captured 21 school records at Mississippi State, but also shows respect for his community and his opponents at any opportunity.
So, yes, Sumlin has to prepare to defeat Prescott on the field, but that doesn’t stop him from admiring the Bulldogs’ quarterback off of it.
“I’ve said before that I think the ultimate compliment that you can give an opposing player is ‘would you want him on your team?’ Not just as a talent, but as a player and as a leader, and he’s that kind of guy,” Sumlin said. “You can see it in the way he plays: He’s got a toughness, he’s got a calmness, he got a confidence that I think spreads across the football team.”
Sumlin on Dak Prescott: He’s everything you want in a quarterback.
— Michael Bonner (@MikeBBonner) September 30, 2015
Sumlin says Dak Prescott is everything you want in a quarterback. Smart and tough.
— Ben Wait (@bcwait) September 30, 2015