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Prescott’s background prepared him for NFL pressure

By Matthew Coller

Dak Prescott got his first chance to start in college after an injury to the starting quarterback.

The Dallas Cowboys’ rookie began the 2013 season as the No. 2 behind Tyler Russell , who had set school records in touchdowns and yards for the Mississippi State Bulldogs the previous year. In the opening game against Oklahoma City, Russell suffered a concussion.

Russell never got his starting job back. Prescott not only took the gig, he broke those two school records.

His own university was probably surprised by Prescott’s quick rise considering he was only ranked the 33rd best prospect in the sate of Louisiana and was not nationally ranked at his position. Some schools wanted him to change positions because of his 6-foot-2, 230-pound frame and strength despite the fact that he threw for over 5,000 yards and tossed 66 touchdowns.

“In high school, I was one of the first ones in my area to go to an SEC school and play quarterback,” Prescott said on a conference call with the Twin Cities media.

In 2014, his first full season as Mississippi State’s starter, Prescott led the Bulldogs to a 10-2 record and the program’s first ever No. 1 overall ranking.

“Going to Mississippi State, which in the past hadn’t had much success, being No. 1 and undefeated for a time brought on a lot of commotion and media attention, so that more than anything shaped me for this,” he said.

Prescott was forced into the starting position for the Cowboys after Tony Romo suffered a back injury. Just like in college, the starter isn’t going to see the field again. Romo gave somewhat of a concession speech to the media last week, saying he would not push to return to the field.

The rookie has thrown 18 touchdowns, just two interceptions and is averaging an impressive 8.3 yards per attempt. Had the Cowboys known Prescott was going to be this good this fast , they would have picked him before the fourth round.

“To think about whether they wanted other people never bothered me, I’m sure Mississippi State wanted other people than me as well,” Prescott said.

The Vikings talked with Prescott “a couple times” and he worked out with Teddy Bridgewater in the offseason, but they didn’t feel the need for a young backup quarterback. There are many other teams – the 49ers, Bears, Browns etc. – who are kicking themselves for not selecting the MVP of the Senior Bowl.

There’s no doubt that Prescott has been helped by having the league’s best running game and a top-notch offensive line. He also has not faced a defense yet as good as the Vikings, who rank No. 2 in the league in points allowed.

“You watch film and the stats tell it all, they’re a good team,” Prescott said.

The post Prescott’s background prepared him for NFL pressure appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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