By JOEL COLEMAN
For years, Dak Prescott opened eyes with his performances on the field at Mississippi State. Now, the former Bulldog quarterback is capturing even more attention as he readies for the 2016 Senior Bowl.
Prescott arrived in Mobile, Alabama on Monday to prepare for the contest, which kicks off at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and will be televised by the NFL Network. By Tuesday, Prescott was standing out.
“Dak Prescott had probably the best day of any (South Team) QB,” NFL Network analyst and former scout Daniel Jeremiah said on the network following the first day of practice.
DenverBroncos.com writer Andrew Mason was also impressed with Prescott.
“(Prescott) is a polarizing prospect in draft circles, but I’m on the positive side,” Mason wrote. “The intangibles are there, as Mississippi State and SEC fans know. Tuesday, he looked like a 21st-century NFL quarterback.”
Prescott is the first MSU quarterback to play in the Senior Bowl since Don Smith in 1987. He is the 88th player to ever represent Mississippi State in the contest that dates back to 1950.
The Haughton, Louisiana native isn’t taking any of this week’s experiences for granted and is prepared to leave an impression on those that watch him.
“I have worked hard to get to this point and look forward to meeting a lot of people this week in Mobile,” Prescott said. “This is a great opportunity to showcase my ability in front of NFL teams. I am ready and excited for the future as a professional playing the game I love.”
Prescott concluded his MSU career last month when he was named the Most Valuable Player in the Bulldogs’ Belk Bowl win over NC State. Since then, Prescott has spent his time training in Orlando, Florida in preparation for the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine.
Prescott closed out his Mississippi State tenure as the most decorated player in school history. He owns 38 school records, the highest career winning percentage ever by a MSU quarterback, and is third in SEC history in total offense.
Only three other players in league history accounted for more career touchdowns than Prescott.
If he continues to perform well in the days ahead, it seems likely Prescott will get the opportunity to ride his collegiate success into the NFL. Once that happens, MSU head coach Dan Mullen says he’ll have to add to his growing list of guys to watch on Sundays.
“I watch every game,” Mullen said. “People ask ‘who are you a fan of in the NFL?’ I’m a fan of my guys. I’m a Buccaneers fan watching Johnthan Banks play. I’m an Eagles fan watching Fletcher Cox play. I’m a Bills fan watching Boobie Dixon play. I’m a Chiefs fan watching Alex Smith play. Guys that you’ve coached, you’re a fan of and you want to see them do well.”