Prescott carries full load for MSU

By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal

STARKVILLE – Dak Prescott got a taste of his future Friday night.
Mississippi State, which is prepping for the Music City Bowl against Wake Forest, wrapped up its first week of practice with a scrimmage at Davis Wade Stadium. Prescott, a freshman quarterback, got most of the snaps.
He showed plenty of promise, completing 36 of 57 passes for 439 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a score.
“I’m a little tired,” Prescott said. “My legs are a little hurt, but it’s fun to get to go out there and play with all my friends, all my teammates. It’s good to play under the lights.”
This past week has been all about the youngsters. With sophomore Tyler Russell banged up and Dylan Favre leaving the program, it was just Prescott and senior Chris Relf taking snaps Friday.
Relf played six possessions before fully giving way to Prescott. He got in a bit of a slump at one point but worked his way out of it.
Prescott handled the up-tempo, no-huddle pace pretty well. He had a 27-yard run and even threw a few blocks.
“He’s such a high-energy guy, very motivated,” coach Dan Mullen said. “Works really hard, wants to be good. It’s just going to be a lot of teaching for him.”
The film from this scrimmage will be utilized by coaches, although they won’t break it down until probably February. The focus now turns completely to Wake Forest.
Russell, who hurt his knee last week, will be limited today, but Mullen said he’ll fully participate in practices Sunday and Tuesday. That means Prescott will take some second-team reps while also doing scout team work.
All of this gives Prescott a glimpse of what it will be like for him next season, when he’ll likely be Russell’s primary backup.
“I feel like I’ve got to go in there and show what I can do a little bit, get my reps and just play,” Prescott said.
brad.locke@journalinc.com