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Dual-Threat Dak Prescott Hopes To Be Similar Player In NFL

Posted Feb 20, 2016

While he'll need to make some changes to his game to thrive in the NFL, Dak Prescott still wants to be a player capable of being defenses with his arm and legs.

While he'll need to make some changes to his game to thrive in the NFL, Dak Prescott still wants to be a player capable of being defenses with his arm and legs.

After the trio of quarterbacks that are expected to be selected in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft – North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz, California’s Jared Goff and Memphis’ Paxton Lynch – there’s a group of quarterbacks who are intriguing options for all 32 NFL teams.

Among them is Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott.

Prescott was one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the country during his four seasons in the SEC, the last three of which as a full-time starter.

In total, Prescott threw for 9,376 yards and 70 touchdowns to just 23 interceptions. He was also incredibly difficult to stop on the ground, even for some of the best defensive units in college football, as he ran for 2,609 yards and 44 touchdowns.

During his junior season in 2014, Prescott, a Haughton, La., native, rushed for 1,021 yards and 15 touchdowns.

“I mean I think it’s something that’s new in the league and it’s got a lot of promise,” Prescott told NFL.com about dual-threat quarterbacks. “We can stretch the defense, they have to respect the run, and can’t just put a lot of guys back there, and it’s exciting. Cam Newton is opening the doors, and Russell Wilson and all those guys.”

While Wentz got a majority of the attention among the eight quarterbacks who participated in last month’s Senior Bowl, it was Prescott who had the best game, as he went 7-for-10 for 61 yards and a touchdown along with a 154.2 passer rating.

Prescott would also record 13 rushing yards on three carries.

But while the 22 year old has a lot of physical strengths, he knows very well there are still aspects of his game that must be improved upon at the NFL level.

One of the most basic elements to that progression will be gaining some familiarity of playing from under center after spent his college career in the shotgun.

“Just taking snaps from under the center, I think I did a good job of that all week long,” Prescott said. “First time in live reps pretty much ever doing it, so excited about that, and a lot of good relationships. These coaches, these players, I think they’ll last for a long time.”

Prescott is also reportedly working with Jon Gruden, brother of Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, as he gets a better understanding of “everything really.”

“Base fronts, what the NFL calls them versus what we called them in college, going over the terminology of some plays, plays he ran,” Prescott told Sirius XM NFL Radio.

Next week, Prescott will join other NFL draft prospects in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine.

Between his successful week at the Senior Bowl and entering Lucas Oil Stadium, Prescott has been putting in “a lot of hard work” to enter the NFL and not miss a beat.

“I’m in Orlando working with Tom Shaw and it’s gonna be a lot of hard work, just continue to get better in every aspect,” Prescott said.

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