By JOEL COLEMAN
Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott made the most of his final Southeastern Conference road game.
The SEC announced on Monday that Prescott was awarded the SEC’s Offensive Player of the Week award for the senior quarterback’s performance in MSU’s 51-50 win at Arkansas on Saturday.
Against the Razorbacks, Prescott became the first player in the SEC’s 83-year history to total 550-plus yards of total offense and account for seven touchdowns. Johnny Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, is the only other player in league history to rack up 550 or more yards in a single game. Prescott finished the night with 508 passing yards and five touchdowns to go along with 46 yards rushing and 2 scores.
Prescott’s performance barely eclipsed the one of his counterpart on Saturday. Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen accounted for seven touchdowns as well while throwing for 406 yards.
“You never want to let the other quarterback outdo you,” Prescott said on Monday. “There’s no worse feeling than you not playing too hot and the other guy across the field is on fire. This weekend was just an example of both of us being on fire and being in a groove with our offense and just letting things come to us.”
Prescott has now received the SEC Player of the Week award twice this season. He previously took the honors after MSU’s win over Kentucky on Oct. 24.
Bulldogs healthy heading into Egg Bowl
During his weekly press conference on Monday, MSU head coach Dan Mullen said that his Bulldogs are, for the most part, healthy heading into this Saturday night’s 6:15 p.m. game against Ole Miss.
“For us as a team, I think we’re pretty fortunate,” Mullen said. “I think we came out of last week’s game healthier than when we went into it which this time of year is a pretty unique deal.”
MSU’s biggest injury questions this week surround tight end Gus Walley and right tackle Justin Senior. Walley left last week’s game against Arkansas with an undisclosed injury and Mullen said Walley would be questionable against Ole Miss.
After starting the season’s first 10 games, Senior didn’t play against Arkansas after sustaining an ankle sprain in practice last week. Mullen said Senior was available against the Razorbacks, but didn’t see action.
Redshirt freshman Elgton Jenkins started in Senior’s place for last week’s contest.
Mullen addresses rumors
A report from FootballScoop.com on Monday indicated that Mullen was a candidate to become the next head football coach at Virginia Tech.
Mullen addressed those rumors and said such talk means that his current team is performing at a high level.
“I think four or five years ago, (other schools’ interest) was a big worry for everybody,” Mullen said. “But it seems like this happens every year. I always say you’re either getting hired or you’re getting fired. I’ll always take getting hired because it means you’re winning and doing well.”
Mullen went on to say he is more than pleased with his current role in Starkville.
“I don’t like commenting on other jobs because I think it’s a waste of time and I love the one that I have,” Mullen said.