Mississippi State sophomore quarterback Dak Prescott is a star in the making and should be the starting quarterback for Dan Mullen’s Bulldogs for the rest of the season. Auburn had no answer for Prescott who victimized the Tigers defense through the air and on the ground albeit in the losing effort.
Despite the Bulldogs falling to the home team in the final 10 seconds, Prescott was the lone bright spot for the offense for State who played the second straight game without fifth-year senior Tyler Russell at quarterback.
Prescott has a great debut in his first career start last week vs. Alcorn State as he threw for 174 yards and two touchdowns on 12-19 passing and added 20 rushing yards and a score on four attempts. However, take those with a grain of salt considering the lower level of competition.
What he did vs. Auburn proved to me that he has the talent to be a starter right now in the SEC. I know Auburn isn’t in the upper-echelon of defenses in the conference, but after 213 yards through the air and 133 on the ground and two touchdowns, he has the dual-threat ability this team sorely lacked.
He picked up several first downs with his feet and was 10 seconds away from pulling off the upset on the road to a team many think will be contending for bowl-eligibility. He must be the starter next week regardless of the health of Russell vs. Troy to continue his development against a very beatable opponent.
This offense has a different complexion to it with Prescott behind center as opposed to Russell who is far too one-dimensional. Frankly, he has regressed mightily since the ‘Dawgs started out 7-0 last season. Prescott is the future of the program, but he also proved he is the present as well.
He has star potential and could be one of the best quarterbacks in program history and starting anyone other than him would only stunt his development.