By JOEL COLEMAN
Former Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott was arrested and charged with driving under the influence early Saturday morning according to Starkville Police Chief Frank Nichols.
The news was first reported by the Clarion-Ledger.
Nichols confirmed that Prescott’s arrest occurred near Starkville’s Cotton District.
Prescott was at Starkville High School later on Saturday hosting a football camp.
Prescott just recently wrapped up the most decorated career of any player in MSU history. The signal caller from Haughton, Louisiana was a two-time All-American and two-time All-Southeastern Conference quarterback for the Bulldogs during his Mississippi State tenure. He concluded his time at MSU holding 38 school records and totaling 11,897 yards of total offense, which is the third-most in SEC history.
Since wrapping up his Mississippi State career in December with MSU’s Belk Bowl victory over NC State, Prescott has seen his stock on the rise for the upcoming National Football League Draft.
Prescott was named the Most Valuable Player in the Senior Bowl in January and was invited to the NFL Combine in February.
On Thursday, Prescott took part in Mississippi State’s Pro Day at the Palmeiro Center in front of representatives from 30 NFL teams. With his highly-respected image and further development as a quarterback, Prescott was feeling good about where he stood with the draft looming.
“I think I’ve helped myself,” Prescott said on Thursday. “From the Senior Bowl until now, including the combine, I think I’ve had a solid performance all the way through. I don’t think I’ve done anything to hinder my grade or where I’ll go in the draft. I’m pretty excited with where I’m going.”
It remains to be seen how Saturday’s arrest might affect Prescott’s NFL hopes, but several draft analysts including Matt Miller and Dane Brugler weighed in with their opinions on Twitter.
“Wrong time to make a poor decision, Dak,” Brugler Tweeted.
The NFL Draft will be held from April 28-30.