Dak Prescott showed why he is the starting quarterback for Mississippi State.
The senior put on a clinic during Mississippi State’s Maroon and White spring game Saturday afternoon at Davis Wade Stadium.
Prescott passed for three touchdowns, but his Maroon squad lost 28-24 to the White team in his final spring game of his career.
“Here’s a guy that knows what it takes when you’re on the field to go win,” MSU head coach Dan Mullen said. “You need a guy like Dak that’s going to go make sure we continue to improve as a unit on offense and as a team throughout the whole summer months.”
The Haughton, La., native completed 20-of-29 passes for 231 yards in his fifth spring game, his fourth to participate in.
Prescott is coming off his best season as the starting MSU quarterback. He passed for 3,449 yards and 27 touchdowns as he finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting.
This spring was more about leadership for Prescott, but he started working towards his senior year and the 2015 campaign.
“It had some ups and downs, but I came in each and every day with the mindset just to get better and make sure I allow my team the chance to reach their potential,” Prescott said. “I think we did that every day with the right attitude.”
Redshirt freshman quarterback Nick Fitzgerald held his own for the White team, as he completed 20-of-30 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions.
He rushed 31 yards on eight carries and scored the first touchdown of the game on an 8-yard scamper. He hit junior college transfer Donald Gray for a 24-yard touchdown and got a helping hand from former Bulldog and current Buffalo Bill Anthony Dixon. Fitzgerald hit a wide open Dixon for a 59-yard passing score.
Fitzgerald practiced with the second team offense throughout the spring due to injuries and he felt like it went well.
“I came out here really to kind of show off what I’ve got, work on my fundamentals was the main thing,” Fitzgerald said. “I kind of have more of a knowledge of the offense.”