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Mississippi State senior quarterback Dak Prescott discusses returning to Auburn this week, the site of his first career start in 2013. Prescott also talks about the productivity the offense has had over the last six quarters.

On his first career start against Auburn in 2013 to now…

“I remember that it was a great atmosphere. I was blessed to have my first career start in the SEC. I was excited for that moment and played pretty well. I think as a player and quarterback, I am night and day from that moment until now. I am excited to go back, get different results and try to come out with a win.”

On the Auburn game the past couple of years…

“It usually has been early on in the season. It is going to either propel us or really set the tone for the season. I said LSU was going to do that, but we still have everything in front of us. This game really does that. If we win this game, we are still in the position we need to be. If we lose this game, we have to get some things straight. I am excited for the game. I know the coaches are going to do everything to put us in the right game play. The players are excited as well.”

On what clicked since the second half of the LSU game…

“We have just picked up our tempo. The second half, we got things going. Our offensive line protected it, we got the ball out quick, the defense started jumping around allowing us to make plans downfield and receivers were getting open. We just picked up that tempo and getting that first down. I think we are dangerous when we can do that.”

On the younger guy’s confidence…

“That is their first impression. I think everybody wants to go out there and make your statement known. It is the first chance for the fans to really start talking about them. All of those guys were excited and prepared for their moment this weekend. It gives them confidence because you never know when their number is going to be called in the season. We need them to be ready and prepared.”

On Auburn’s last two performances…

“I am not really judging them off of their last two games. I am going to watch film and study them as the Auburn team they have been. We know it is going to be a tough and close game at Auburn on the road. We are expecting a big time team and that is what we are going to prepare for.”

On the game two years ago at Auburn…

“It was more of a learning experience. I now know what to expect going to Auburn. I know exactly what the stadium is going to be like, hard to hear. It is a great environment to play in. I am using it as motivation to come out with different results than I did the first time being there.”

On the offense…

“We got things going. We didn’t score of two of the drives last week. One of them was a turnover on my part and the other was just a mistake on offense. We are right where we need to be. We kept that momentum going from the end of the LSU game last week. We just have to keep going.”

On adjusting to different wide receivers …

“That was done in the offseason. I threw as many passes to Donald Gray as I did to Fred Ross and De’Runnya Wilson. When I see them in a game it is not any caution. I am not worried. I know those guys put in just as much work. I know exactly how they are going to run routes. That goes back to the offseason training. I am excited because Gray did a great job. We have a few more younger receivers that are going to step up.”

On what is important right now …

“Wins. Wins are the most important record to me right now. Whatever records I have broken, I will look back at later in life and be proud of that. Right now, getting a win each and every week, coming in and making sure I do exactly what I have to do. I have to prepare myself and prepare my team and make sure that we are headed in the right direction every day.”

On the importance of this game …

“I’m sure everybody in the SEC might end up with a loss. We can put that one to LSU behind us. Now we have to keep going forward trying to win every single game. Losing two puts you down and puts you at the bottom making you work to try to get to the top. We can even this record out in the SEC and we will be in the right position.”

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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