The Mississippi State Bulldogs unveiled quarterback Dak Prescott during the 2013 season, and he turned out to be quite a weapon.
As a sophomore, the 6-2, 230-pound Prescott had some impressive outings for Dan Mullen and his team. Prescott proved that he could do a little bit of everything in 2013, and Mississippi State needed every bit of it. The Bulldogs rallied to win their final two regular season games before pounding the Rice Owls in the Liberty Bowl.
In that Liberty Bowl, those that had not seen Prescott during the regular season got a chance to see one of the more versatile players in college football put on a show. Prescott passed for 283 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 78 yards and two more scores, as MSU crushed Rice 44-7.
For those that had seen Mississippi State during the rest of the season, it wasn’t a huge surprise. Prescott passed for 1,940 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013, and he rushed for 829 yards and 13 touchdowns. He even caught two passes, which both went for touchdowns.
Prescott has a chance to be one of the most exciting players in the country, but it’s unlikely that many people will take notice. That’s because Mississippi State will be somewhere in the middle of the pack in the Southeastern Conference Western Division rather than contending for conference and national championships like their SEC West rivals, including the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Auburn Tigers and the LSU Tigers.
If Prescott had a huge year, MSU could find itself contending for a national title, and he could find himself in the conversation for national awards. But that seems highly unlikely, meaning that the folks in Starkville will be the ones enjoying Prescott the most.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.