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Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott discusses the season-opening win at Southern Miss. The senior quarterback also spoke about his success against LSU last year.

On the lack of designed quarterback runs…
“I’m not sure if it was planned for me to not run. Just the way the game was going, I didn’t have to run the ball that much. When I did on some of those call plays, it was effective. I just kind of think it’s how we were going about the offense.”

On Brandon Holloway fitting into the offense and possibly being a feature back…
“He is definitely a feature back. We have some big backs, so when we get the young guys going you will see a lot of size in our backs. Once he will gets in there, changes it up and sees some different plays calls to utilize his speed along the edge and stretch the defense, he will have success.”

On how the timing of the run has changed from sophomore year to this year…

“I have the time clock in my head a lot better. When you’re younger things seem to happen a lot faster so you feel like you need to run a lot earlier than you have to, rather than getting to your last progression. Now I think I am getting to the last step of my progression, checking the ball down and knowing when the defense is set up in a certain coverage for me to run the ball or when they don’t have a spot to open up those lanes for me.”

On not having any LSU game tape…

“It is different, but we are going to take what we have and make sure we master that. As long as we have that mastered, we can change things up during the game by what they’re throwing at us. So as long as we master what we have on them and what the defensive coordinators have done in the past, I think we will be ready to go.”

On what impact last year’s game had on his confidence…

“I knew the team we had last year going into the game. I don’t think anyone on our team was surprised that we won that game. It gave us a little bit of confidence that reassured us that we know we can beat big time teams and that we are one of the best teams.”

On how as a leader he keeps the younger guys grounded…

“Make sure they’re prepared. As long as they’re prepared, they know the game plan, the scheme and what we are doing going into the game, then you’re ready to go. The nerves kind of chill out when you know exactly what you’re doing. You are ready for every situation or everything that could happen during the game. So just to stay focused. It’s still a football game. It’s on a bigger level, but this is why we come to Mississippi State. This is what the SEC is about.”

On how important it is to get a win in the SEC opener…

“It is very important. It kind of dictates your season. The first one is going to give you that confidence and develop the vibe on the team. You start off 1-0 in the SEC, which would make us first in the conference. If you lose, you’re last. So you have to climb the charts back up versus staying in front and controlling your destiny. It’s a big game.”

On if he looks forward to this game every year …

“Yes. Just being from Louisiana, all my friends, past coaches and family cheer for LSU, unless we are playing them.  It’s always a fun game full of excitement for my family, all the Louisiana guys on the team and myself.”

On if he would rather have played a game or not played a game before LSU …
“I would rather play a game. We had the chance to go out there, fix the kinks and knock some rust off, especially me with my past performance. So to get that stuff out of the way, knowing that we have the people we can count on. It’s a whole lot better coming into a game like this.”

On impressions of the offensive line…
“I said it before the season, I am confident with them. I think they did a great job. [Jamaal] Clayborn did a great job with snaps. I was proud of them. I know they’re going to continue to get better. We are going to come in this week with a tough mindset, and an attitude to do the same and pick up an even better performance.”

On talking to LSU quarterback Brandon Harris this week…
“We shared a couple texts just saying good luck and how things are going. He went to my rival high school. When I was a senior, he was a freshman. We used to share takes on how to get better and things like that. I am excited for his chance to come into Davis Wade.”

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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