By Logan Lowery
STARKVILLE – Peggy Prescott, mother to Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott, lost her battle with colon cancer Sunday morning.
The 52-year old Prescott was diagnosed with the terminal illness in the summer of 2012 and leaves behind three sons – Tad, Jace and Dak, who is the youngest.
“We’re a very tight-knit program and when someone in our family has to go through something like that, it’s always a very, very difficult situation,” said MSU coach Dan Mullen. “Our prayers are with him and his whole family. I want to thank everybody out there that’s been sharing their prayers with Dak and his family. I know that is much appreciated and they appreciate everyone respecting their privacy with everything they’re having to go through.”
Mullen first met Prescott’s mother when the Bulldogs began recruiting her son a few years ago and admired the way she supported Dak and his decision to play at MSU. Peggy continued to cheer on her son’s success on the field as the Bulldogs starter this season even as her health deteriorated.
“The best way I can judge someone is how she raised her son,” Mullen said. “I hope my son turns out like Dak. He’s a great student, football player, a great effort guy, teammate and leader. He does everything the right way and does it as hard as he possibly can. Going through all she’s had to go through and showing the love that she had for not only Dak but all three of her sons is pretty amazing.”
Prescott traveled to his hometown of Vinton, La., on Sunday to grieve with his family. His return to practice or availability for this weekend’s game at Texas A&M is uncertain. Mullen stated that he has not thought about the football side of things concerning Prescott and that he has the full support of the team during this time.
In the event Prescott is unavailable, MSU senior quarterback Tyler Russell is healthy enough for action.
Russell played only one series against Kentucky before suffering an ankle sprain that kept him out against South Carolina over the weekend.
“He had a boot on most of the week last week but practiced (Sunday) night and was good,” Mullen said. “The fact he didn’t have to play on Saturday is certainly adding to his being 100-percent this week. If he’d had to play Saturday I’m not sure he’d be at 100-percent for this game.”
Rosa Fort safety Brandon Bryant committed to Mississippi State on Monday, two days after de-committing from Southern Miss.
The six-foot, 195-pound three-star prospect according to 247Sports.com had been committed to the Golden Eagles since March and received his offer from MSU on Friday.