SEC Media Day: Dak Prescott

Mississippi State senior quarterback Dak Prescott made his second straight appearance at SEC Media Days. Check out what one of the league’s top signal callers had to say during his time with reporters on Tuesday.

On Being Picked Last In The SEC West

“I use that as motivation. I do not care if they have us at No. 1 or No. 7. The people who decide that are outside of our facility. They do not see the people I work out with every day. We have guys coming back that have played and started in big‐time games. We have a chance, and our expectation for ourselves is not the same as everyone else’s.”

On Being Recognized As One Of The Faces Of SEC Football

“I have to keep doing the things that got me to this position. I have to work hard, stay focused and dedicated. I want to be the best leader, the best quarterback and the best person I can be. If we do that, I think we can win a lot of games.”

On How The Team Can Raise The Standard Set By Last Year’s Team

“We have to continue to do the things that got us to No. 1 last season. Everyone on our team knows exactly what it took last year to do what we did. We are all trying to put ourselves in position to lead the younger guys. Reaching No. 1 was fun but that was only for five weeks in the middle of the season. Everyone in our program wants to finish at No. 1.”

On Setting An Example For Kids When He Visits Schools

“I tell them to control the things they can control. My mindset is to be a hard worker, and to have dedication and passion. Those are the things you can control throughout life. It doesn’t matter if you are playing a sport or reading a book, be dedicated and doing it out of passion and love. Those simple things that you can control affect you so much and can put you in a position to take advantage of opportunities.”

On What It Will Take To Win The SEC West

“My goal is to work harder than every other team in this conference. We have to dedicate ourselves to watching more film and sacrifice doing what we want to do. We have to be dedicated to recovering our bodies and having that passion to make sure we want it. Everyone across the SEC West has equal talent. It is not about a talent level, it is about the things you do that give you an edge.”

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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