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Former Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott: ‘Leading comes to me naturally’

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Former Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott had a breakout season for the Dallas Cowboys as a rookie last season. One reason why may be credited to his leadership.

“Leading comes to me naturally,” Prescott said Monday on the “Doomsday Podcast.” “It’s tough as a rookie to call the team up to the huddle with guys like Travis Frederick, Jason Witten and Sean Lee but those situations came up (last fall). Those guys did a great job calling me out to break us down (at the end of practice).”

Last season, Prescott, taken in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL draft, unexpectedly became the Cowboys’ starter and guided the team to a 13-3 record and an NFC East title.

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Along the way, he finished third in the NFL in quarterback rating (104.9) to go along with 3,667 yards, 23 touchdowns and just four interceptions. For his efforts, he also won NFL Rookie of the Year honors.

Prescott, according to many pundits, was not cut out to be an NFL quarterback, let alone a starting one.

“I love it when people doubt me,” Prescott said. “To me it’s all about working hard, staying humble and knowing where I came from. Knowing what it takes to be great a great football player and a great person.”

Ahead of his second season, Prescott said he has been working on his dropbacks this offseason.

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” … we want to run our offense the same way under center as we do from the gun,” Prescott said. “I’m only one year in this league, so I watch guys like Tom Brady, Matt Ryan and Drew Brees to see what it takes to be successful for an extended period of time.”

Romo also spoke glowingly of former Cowboys quarterbacks Mark Sanchez, who was signed in early September to serve as Prescott’s backup following Romo and Moore’s injuries.

“He would always critique me in practice to prepare me for the games and had this checklist of things he would say to me before each game,” Prescott said of Sanchez, who signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears in March. “He helped me lock in and that really helped me out.”

As for Romo, the longtime Dallas starter who chose to retire from the NFL last month and enter the broadcasting booth with CBS?

“I love Tony,” Prescott said.

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