Video: Dak Prescott

Mississippi State senior quarterback Dak Prescott talks about his previous trip to Texas A&M and what he expects from the Aggies this year.

On Texas A&M’s defensive line…
“I have to make sure I know what the offensive line is thinking in terms of protection, be on the same page with the offensive line, make sure we are sliding to the right guys, know my matchups in case a defensive lineman ends up on the running back or stuff like that. Being on the road, the cadence, (we have to) make sure they are not timing our cadence and trying to get a good jump on the ball.”

On his last trip to Texas A&M…

“I’m completely different, night and day. That was a stressful time in my life. It was a big game coming off of (mother passing away) and I got hurt right there at the end. I’m excited to go back again. It’s another road trip but I’m planning for different results.”

On planning for potential shootout with Texas A&M…

“As a quarterback and offensive player, I go into every game wanting to put up 40 and 50 points. That means we had a great day and everybody was doing their job on offense. That’s always our mindset – get going early and start firing and keep going all night long. As long as we win it doesn’t matter if we have to score 17 like we did this past week or if we have to score 50. If we come out with a win, it doesn’t matter at the end of the day.”

On De’Runnya Wilson…

“On one-on-one coverage, I’m going to take ‘Bear’ over anybody in the SEC or anybody in the country. That’s just my confidence in him. The confidence we have in each other, I know he’s going to go up and get the ball and get it and its highest point, and that’s another thing he did this weekend. I’m going to get him the ball when I need to.”

On the MSU offense being built for a shootout…

“We just have to score more points than the other team does. No matter if it’s 50 points or 20 points. I know this is a high-power offense, so as long as we get going early we have to continue to go once we get going and just be fast. I think in the LSU game we got going late and this past weekend we got going early and settled down. It’s going to be a good game for us to continue it all the way through.”

On true freshman Malik Dear…

“He’s a playmaker. He’s very dynamic and hard to get down. He’s fast with a low center of gravity so he’s hard to tackle. We want to get him the ball early if it’s handoffs, screens or down the field. If he gets some touches he can help this offense out.”

On deciding to pass rather than tuck and run…

“It’s just my knowledge of the game and my knowledge of our offense based on what the defense is giving me, taking everything they are giving me – the short passes all the way to the deep passes. I still need to get running a little bit and add that to the offense, but if the passing game is there I’m going to take advantage of that.”

On confidence after road win in conference play…

“It’s very important. On road SEC game and come out with a win, and we still have a long season ahead of us so we needed that win and that confidence to reassure us for the rest of the season.”

On comfort in reading progressions…

“It’s helped out a lot. I know when a running back isn’t going to get out because he’s blocking, or if he gets out I can get it to him early and get extra yards down the field. It’s about knowing what they are going to give us and knowing the looks of the defense pre-snap and reading it post-snap, and making sure I’m on the same page with the receivers.”

On redzone defense…

“They draw a line in the sand and bend but don’t break. They’ve given up some yardage and been in bad positions in the redzone, but they’ve come out with four-down stops and no points on the board. They have flipped a switch and locked in and make plays which is great to see.”

On pass protection against Auburn…
“(I saw) communication. We were all on the same page. We knew exactly where we were sliding to. We knew the blitzes when they were coming. If we can communicate like that all season long we’ll be fine and protection shouldn’t be an issue.”

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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