STARKVILLE – Mississippi State held its second spring scrimmage inside Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday and Dak Prescott did not disappoint.
The rising junior quarterback threw for 249 yards and four touchdowns and no interceptions guiding the Bulldogs’ first-team offense.
“I think I improved today and in the passing game definitely,” Prescott said. “I felt like we got better as a team on offense. We started off slow but we picked it up and got better.”
Prescott completed 13 of 31 passes on the afternoon and also added 30 yards rushing. He tossed a 37-yard touchdown to Gus Walley, a 48-yard score to Jameon Lewis, a 4-yard touchdown to De’Runnya Wilson and finished up with a 26-yard scoring strike to Fred Brown.
Prescott’s understudy, sophomore Damian Williams, had a difficult day. He connected on 13 of 21 passing for 167 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Williams’ only score came on a 20-yard pass to Fred Ross.
Head coach Dan Mullen came away with mixed reviews from his team’s final tuneup inside the stadium before the spring game on April 12.
“I saw some good things, but what you want, though, is consistency,” Mullen said. “There’s some things that we’ve got to get fixed up and cleaned up. When the (first-team) offense is in good field position situations, they’ve got to take advantage of those. On defense, we can’t give up points right before halftime on two-minute drills.”
Shelby Christy led the receiving corps with five catches for 73 yards while Walley hauled in a pair of catches for 89 yards. Josh Robinson was the top ball carrier with 46 yards on 13 attempts.
Benardrick McKinney was the leading tackler with seven stops while Richie Brown and DeAndre Ward each finished with six tackles. John Harris had another strong scrimmage with three sacks.
Christian Holmes, Deontay Evans and Cedric Jiles all made an interceptions.
“We were really excited to be out there and were disguising our coverages,” Jiles said. “So I was able to go up and get one myself. Coach (Geoff) Collins is always preaching to us to get turnovers and get the ball. Your value is really determined by how much you’re around the ball.”
Evan Sobiesk was 2-of-4 on field goal attempts making a long from 49-yards while Westin Graves went 1-of-2 making a 33-yarder and missing from 50.
MSU returns to the practice fields Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. and the workout is open to the public.