We’re counting down to MSU’s season opener against Oklahoma State on Aug. 31, giving you a significant number to ponder as August trudges on. Today’s number is…
As a redshirt freshman, quarterback Dak Prescott saw a good bit of action for MSU last season. He’s a dual-threat guy who I and others have likened to a more polished Chris Relf. Now, Relf became a decent passer for what MSU needed later in his career, but Prescott seems to be more advanced at this early stage than was Relf.
He made the most of his opportunities last season, accounting for eight touchdowns – four passing, four running. His appearance often meant running plays, particularly in the red zone or short-yardage/goal line situations. Prescott finished the season with 118 yards on 32 carries, an average of 3.7 yards per carry.
As for his passing, those numbers were solid, and they weren’t all collected in garbage time. He completed 18 of 29 passes (62.1 percent) for 194 yards and no interceptions, and his pass efficiency rating was 163.8. It’s a small sample size, sure, but it’s encouraging.
One of Prescott’s best sequences last season came in a 41-31 win over Tennessee. He entered early in the second quarter, with the ball at Tennessee’s 19-yard line. Prescott ran for 6 yards on first down, then on second down he lofted a 13-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Green to give State a 17-7 lead.
How much will Prescott play this year? Will his role increase or evolve? Tough to say right now, but given the experience he has gained and based on what he’s shown, he’ll definitely be a factor for the MSU offense.