Video: Dak Prescott

Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott speaks about senior night, his past Egg Bowl memories and why he returned to MSU this season.

On practice Sunday…

“It was good. Obviously, it was great going out there with the (Arkansas) win under our belt. Some of the young guys, they do well on Sunday football. We just cleaned some things up and cleaned up our mistakes.”

On playing last game in Davis Wade Stadium…

“It’s exciting. It’s humbling. It’s something I’ve been looking forward to. It’s a big-time game. For my last one, it will be exciting.”

On senior class’s legacy…

“We’re a bunch of guys who do the right thing. My entire class, the guys that are still here that are graduating and that will come out on senior night, they’re guys who do things right off the field. (Taveze) Calhoun, Ryan Brown, (Justin) Malone, Joe Morrow, those are guys who have set the bar all around football.”

On bond within the senior class…

“I came in early so I kind of got a little head start. I was with the class above me as well. I was really tight with those guys. Some of them have gone to the NFL and some of them didn’t redshirt versus the guys who have redshirted. We’ll be tight and be friends for a long time.”

On coming back for senior year to play in another Egg Bowl…

“I’m excited. It’s pure excitement knowing I came back for this reason. From the time I got here, everything goes into this week. Last year, this year, everything boils down to this.”

On pressure playing in the Egg Bowl after announcing his return for senior year…

“I don’t really feel the pressure. Like I said, it’s excitement. It’s another game. It’s a big-time game. It’s something I love to do and something I love to play.”

On Ole Miss…

“They’re a good team. They’re a good defense. They play hard. They have some big guys. They’ve got some NFL prospects on that defense. We know they’re tough, but we have a pretty solid offense as well.”

On most remembered moment in MSU career…

“There have been a bunch of moments. Obviously, the LSU game when we went in and won in Death Valley, the Egg Bowl a couple of years ago coming in late to get that win. I would say probably those two. Then again, probably the Auburn game when we got the win to be ranked No. 1. Those were three big games.”

On going punch-for-punch with Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen and facing Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly…

“You never want the other quarterback to outdo you. There is no worse of a feeling than you not playing too hot and the other guy across the field being on fire. This weekend (against Arkansas) was a great example of both of us being on fire and in a groove with our offense and just letting things come to us.”

On health heading into Egg Bowl…

“I’m 100 percent healthy right now. I’m probably as healthy as I have ever been in any season in my life this late into a season. I feel good.”

On characterizing senior season…

“This season has been special. There have been some ups and there have been some downs. Losing that close on to LSU then going on the road with things not going our way and losing to Texas A&M. Then it didn’t turn out our way against Alabama. The way we won on the road in Fayetteville last weekend, and got that win – it’s been a special year. As a team overcoming things and continuing to move forward just shows the toughness of this team.”

On talking to younger players about the Egg Bowl rivalry…

“I think they know it’s different. Coaches touched on it. We’ve had people come and talk. We know this game is different. I think everyone around here knows that.”

On setting emotions in win against Arkansas aside in preparation for the Egg Bowl…

“That’s the past. It’s already been done. We did a good job of putting the Alabama game behind us and moving forward for the Arkansas game, now we have to do the same thing. We have to put the Arkansas game behind us and move into the most important game of the season. I think as a team we have gotten better week in and week out. I know the offense; we’re really connecting right now. The offensive line is doing a great job protecting and the playmakers are making plays. We just need to continue to get better.”

On playing in Egg Bowl two years ago after being injured…

“That was special. Going into the game I knew I could play. Damian Williams had taken reps all week long. I felt he had every right and had earned every right to start and play in that game. He did a good job. Right up there to the end, I wanted to play the whole game. Finally, I couldn’t take it. I just told coach (Dan) Mullen that I wanted to play. He went with it. The offense and the fans, everyone just surrounded around us and they made it a special night after that win.”

On both quarterbacks playing at a high level entering the Egg Bowl…

“It makes it that much better of a game. It’s already special game because of the rivalry, but two teams playing hot right now makes it that much better.”

On takeaways from MSU career…

“Just the family. The family environment and everything Starkville and Mississippi State has done for me – made me feel comfortable and made me feel at home. I felt welcomed and loved.”

On moments that stick out from last year’s Egg Bowl…

“The whole game really. I don’t know if there are one or two moments that stand out. Knowing that we could win that game and letting it get away from us, that really hurt.”

On A.J. Jefferson improving…

“It’s his motor. He’s always been a guy that has had a good motor. I think the difference between this year and last year is that he doesn’t take a play off. Regardless of the down, regardless of the situation, regardless of the reps at practice, he’s going to go hard and he’s going to give his all on every rep. It’s really paying off.

On Brandon Holloway…

“He’s a guy that takes what the defense gives him. He’s fast and he’s quick so he’s going to take those holes. He doesn’t ever really take big hits because of his size. He’s doing well for our offense right now.”

On confidence in offense if Arkansas had made the last-minute field goal…

“If you give us any amount of time, we know we can score. That’s how we felt – if they made it, they made it. There was about 40 seconds left. That’s plenty enough time for us to get in field goal range or score a touchdown.”

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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