Next Man Up!

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In the cowboys third preseason game of the season. Tony Romo, the 36-year-old veteran quarterback, entered the game. He was hit by Cliff Avril on the third play of the game on the road against the Seattle Seahawks. Romo has had back surgery twice before. After Romo was hit he rolled around in pain before he was taken off the field. Romo said later that he was fine, but he was replaced by Dak Prescott for the rest of the game. Prescott finished the game throwing 17 out of 23 for 116 yards in the loss to Seattle. The hit on Tony Romo’s back looked bad, because It was bad. On August 27, 2016, it was announced that Romo is expected to miss 6-10 weeks with a broken bone in his back. It meant that those Cowboys fans who had been clamoring for the Dak Prescott era to begin sooner than later will be getting their wish. For Romo, the best-case scenario based on the initial estimate means he’d be back by Week Five at the earliest, for a game against the Bengals. Under the worst case, he’d be back in for Week Nine, versus the Browns. Dallas has a Week Seven bye. Meanwhile, the preseason was ending in a week. The underrated rookie, Dak Prescott, was the first string quarterback for the start of the 2017 regular season.

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Week 1 vs The LA Rams

rams cowboysThe first game of the 2016 NFL season was the new Los Angeles Rams vs the Dallas Cowboys. The game was held at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Dallas received the ball and Lucky Whitehead, a wide receiver, catch the opening kick-off and returned the kick all the way back for a touchdown. Many were excited to see what Dak Prescott would do on his first NFL drive but those would have to wait until after a Rams possession which ended in a punt. Then the Dallas Cowboys offense came out onto the field. Dak Prescott’s first drive went well, he threw 5 out of 6. He completed passes to Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley for big gains on the drive. Then in the red zone for the 10-yard line Dak threw a back shoulder throw to Dez Bryant. That was Prescott’s first NFL touchdown pass and put the cowboys up 14-0 in the first quarter. The Rams responded and Cunningham ran in a touchdown. To start the 2nd quarter Dak threw a 32-yard go route to Terrance Williams for another Dallas touchdown. The score was now 21-7. After both touchdowns Dak threw he looked up and pointed up to his Mother in heaven, he has done this since he lost his mother in college. Dak was taken out at halftime and replaced by Saunders. In the preseason multiple players, will get reps and veterans don’t play or play very little. The Cowboys went on to lose the game 24-28 but Dak Prescott’s NFL debut was very impressive and was praised by many NFL analysts the next morning.

Training Camp

Dak Prescott went from being the quarterback with the most wins all time in Mississippi State History to a 4th round draft pick. The Cowboys had 3 quarterbacks to start the 2016 season. They were Tony Romo, Kellen Moore, and Dak Prescott. Tony Romo has been the guy in Dallas. Tony Romo has been great for Dallas and has played for the Dallas Cowboys for 10 seasons. The Dallas Cowboys did draft Dak because Romo has had injury issues over his career. Adding Dak to the mix was a move made to further the quarterback depth on the roster. However, Dallas did not draft Dak to be the starting quarterback right away. Tony Romo was their guy. Training camp is a couple weeks in the summer to run plays and get familiar with the team before the season starts in August and preseason games begin. Dak was the third string quarterback throughout training camp. However, one practice the second string, Moore, got hurt and Romo took a day off to rest. There it was a chance for Dak to get reps with the first team. Although, this opportunity didn’t mean he was going to start he took confident reps and performed well which started some chatter in Dallas, about “this Prescott Kid”. At the end of training camp Mark Sanchez was signed because Moore had a serious injury and Dak became the second string quarterback. In the preseason most NFL veterans do not play a lot to preserve their body. Romo wasn’t going to play much, so week 1 preseason against the new team, the Los Angeles Rams, Dak Prescott was named the starter.dak-prescott-training-camp-no-helmet

Round 4 pick 135

After a very successful senior season at Mississippi State. Dak Prescott graduated and decided to enter the 2016 NFL draft. Most NFL analysis had him listed as the 6th best quarterback in the draft. He was behind some elite quarterbacks like Jared Goff, Paxton Lynch, Connor Cook, Carson Wentz, and Christian Hackenberg. Dak trained in the spring for the NFL Combine. The NFL combine is an invite only event held in Indianapolis, Indiana. At the combine the best college players showcase their talent in numerous drills and tests. Dak Prescott ran a 4.79 40 yard dash, jumped a 9’8” broad jump, and had a 32.5 inch vertical. He looked good in the passing drills and had a good combine overall. However, even with the combine results being in his favor his draft stock remained unchanged. Dak then threw at the Mississippi State Pro Day where he also threw well. He didn’t attract much attention because he wasn’t ranked high on any analysis’s top quarterback board. On Thursday, April 28 2016 it was the NFL draft, the draft lasts 3 days. Players who are likely to be selected in the first round are invited to day one of the draft. Dak was not invited. He was projected to be a mid-round draft pick. That projection was somewhat accurate, he drafted in round 4 with the 135th pick but seven quarterbacks were taken before him. That was a surprised to Dak since he was ranked the 6th best quarterback. The Dallas Cowboys selected him and although Dak was mad about being passed up so many times in the draft he was thankful for the opportunity and ready to get to work.2016_NFL_Draft_logo.svg

Heisman Hopeful!

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2015 was Dak’s final season of college football. He was the starter again entering his final season at Mississippi State. During the 2015 season, he became the fourth player in FBS history to pass for 60 touchdowns and rush for 40 touchdowns in a career. His 2,411 rushing yards places him third in all-time rushing yards by a quarterback in SEC. He ranks 4th in SEC history with 107 total touchdowns responsible for (passing, rushing, and receiving) and fifth in total yards (rushing and passing) with 11,153. His streak of 288 consecutive pass attempts without throwing an interception is the longest in school history and the third longest SEC history. In the Bulldogs’ 2015 game against Arkansas he set the school single game record and tied the SEC single game record for touchdowns responsible for with seven (five passing two rushing) and set a new school record for touchdown passes in a single game. He was named the AutoNation National Offensive Player of the Week by the Football Writers Association of America the Davey O’Brien Award National Quarterback of the Week, a Manning Award Star of the Week by the All State Sugar Bowl and the SEC offensive player of the week following his performance in the Bulldogs’ victory over Kentucky; a game in which he passed for 348 yards and three touchdowns to go along with 117 yards and three rushing touchdowns. He won many more awards and was consider for the Heisman award this season and last season. His statistics were stronger in 2014 but due to the competition in 2015 he got more consideration to win the award in 2014. Although falling short of the Heisman two straight seasons Dak was happy with his play. For the season, he passed for 3,793 yards, 29 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns. For his career, Prescott finished third in SEC history in total yards, and fourth in total touchdowns. He holds 38 school records at Mississippi State University.

Redshirt Junior

dak-prescott-jr-yrIn 2014 it was Dak Prescott’s redshirt junior season and his his first season as a full-time starter. Prescott led the Mississippi State Bulldogs to a 10-2 regular season record, its first #1 ranking in program history. That year they played in the Orange Bowl located in Miami, Florida. They played Georgia Tech but lost by 15. However, 2014 was a tremendous year for Dak Prescott. During the 2014 season Prescott broke 10 school records including: single season passing yards (3,449), total yards of total offense (4,435), passing touchdowns (27), and total touchdowns (41). Furthermore, his 14 rushing touchdowns is tied for fourth in school history. Prescott also garnered several accolades throughout and following the season. He was named the Manning Award Player of the Week five times (vs. UAB, at LSU, vs. Texas A&M, vs. Auburn; vs. Vanderbilt), the 2014 SEC Offensive Player of the Week three times (at LSU; vs. Auburn; vs. Vanderbilt), the Athlon Sports, Davey O’Brien, Maxwell Award Player of the Week two times each (at LSU, vs. A&M), and was the 24/7 Sports National Offensive Player of Week (at LSU). He was named a 2014 Honorable Mention All-American by SI.com, was named to the 2014 First-Team All-SEC team by the AP, Coaches, and ESPN.com and was on the 2014 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll. He won the Conerly Trophy, was a finalist for the Maxwell Award, the Davey O’Brien award, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm award, and the Manning Award. He also finished eighth in the 2014 Heisman voting and received two first place votes. Prior to the 2015 season he was named a 2015 National Player of the Year Candidate and poised to have an outstanding last season of college football.

The Season After the News

During his Freshman year at Mississippi State, Dak’s mother, Peggy found out she had colon cancer. She waited a few months to tell Dak because she did not want to distract her son. The disease took a toll on Peggy’s body but her spirit was undeterred. Sadly, in November of 2013 Peggy lost her battle to Colon cancer and passed away. Dak took three days to be away from the team to grieve then returned. Dak was extremely saddened but his mother would not have wanted him to miss a lot of time away from school and the game. Prescott began his sophomore season as the backup to Russell again in 2013. Dak took over as the starter when Russell suffered an injury. Prescott played in 11 games, completing 156-of-267 passes for 1,940 yards with 10 touchdowns. He also ran for 829 yards on 134 carries with 13 touchdowns. He was the MVP of the 2013 Liberty Bowl after leading the Bulldogs to a 44–7 win over the Rice University Owls. His 2013 season performance ranks seventh in passing yards (1,940), tied for fifth in rushing touchdowns (13), and fourth in total yards (2,769) and total touchdowns (23) for Mississippi State. Following the season, he was named to the 2013 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll, an accomplishment his late mother would have been proud of.

Early Life

Dak Prescott is currently the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, “America’s Team”. Before all that he was just a little boy with two brothers, raised by a single mother in Louisiana. He was raised in Haughton Louisiana to be exact and was a standout quarterback at Haughton High school. Dak got recruited by many college programs. He was offered by MSU, Arkansas, Louisiana –Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, LSU, McNeese State, Memphis, North Texas, Northwestern State, and TCU. He was ranked a three-star dual-threat quarterback by Rivals.com in 2010. In the end, he choose to attend Mississippi State University. His single mother who raised him and who Dak says is the one who pushed him as a person and football player wanted him to go to LSU. Coach Dan Mullen, the head coach of Mississippi State, said on the recruiting visit she was very demanding. She said Dak better be disciplined and better be going to class. Well the season before his redshirt freshman year he got a devastating phone call that would change his life forever his mother had stage four colon cancer. Dak was devastated he said he knew that there wasn’t a likely chance that she would live knowing that stage four cancer is very life threatening. Dak was a backup quarterback at the time and promised himself to make an impacted when it was his time to play.

Dak Prescott Story

I choose to write my WordPress blog about the Dak Prescott story because I love football. I started playing on a team in 9th grade but have always played flag and watched the sport. When I started playing I fell in love with the game just like Dak Presscott.  I also love athletes who have had to overcome adversity because I have had to overcome adversity myself. Dak’s road to being one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and likely the rookie of the year winner wasn’t easy at all. From losing his mother in college to falling to a mid-round draft pick. His story is encouraging and inspiring and I will enjoy writing about him.

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