Dak Prescott became an NFL star in 2016.
In just his rookie season, Prescott, the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, helped guide one of the league’s marquee franchises to a 13-3 record and an NFC East division title.
Still, as Prescott told “Bully Pulpit,” the official podcast of Mississippi State athletics, Wednesday his fast rise to NFL stardom doesn’t compare to the hysteria of his college fame with the Bulldogs.
“What I tell people sometimes, it was worse in college than it is now,” Prescott said. “They look at me like I’m crazy, but just on the simple fact of as we know Mississippi State hadn’t had that much success in football until the years of me and my classmates when we went No. 1. It was wild.”
During his three years as a starter at Mississippi State from 2013-15, Prescott guided the Bulldogs to a 26-13 record, including a 2014 season when they went 10-3 and ranked No. 1 in the polls for four straight weeks.
Following his senior season in 2015, Prescott was drafted in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Cowboys and was expected to serve as the team’s third-string quarterback. But injuries to starter Tony Romo and backup Kellen Moore during training camp and the preseason made Prescott an unexpected rookie starter.
Despite his success this past season, which includes winning Rookie of the Year honors and becoming the Cowboys’ starting quarterback moving forward, Prescott doesn’t believe there’s anything different about him.
“I haven’t changed, the people around me changed,” Prescott said. “More people started to know who I am, more people try to come up to me for pictures or autographs. But I can’t say it’s been that big of a difference just from the simple fact that I try to keep myself secluded as much as I can. When I go out in public, I know what comes with it – it’s just part of the territory. I’m expecting to take pictures. I’m expecting to sign some autographs, but for the most part it’s been fun.”
During his rookie season, in which he was discussed as a legitimate MVP candidate for a time, Prescott threw for 3,667 yards, 23 touchdowns and four interceptions with a 104.9 quarterback rating.
At Mississippi State, Prescott broke every major school passing record, including career, season and single-game marks for completions, yards and touchdowns. He also was a competent rusher and sits near the top of several rushing records – especially when just factoring quarterbacks.
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