If the 2014 Heisman Trophy had been handed out in October, there would have been little doubt as to who the winner would have been. To that point in the season, the Mississippi State Bulldogs were ranked at the top of the national polls and their quarterback, Dak Prescott, was the clear leader for college football’s top individual award.
After starting the season 9-0, Mississippi State slipped up, losing two of its last three games. In that process, Prescott’s numbers were not nearly as good as they were earlier in the season, and he gradually slipped out of the Heisman race.
Following the regular season, Prescott took very little time in announcing that he would return to Starkville for his senior season. Prescott was projected as a late-round pick in the NFL Draft, so his decision to return to school seemed like the right decision.
Now, head coach Dan Mullen has his senior leader back, and the MSU offense should be potent once again this season.
Prescott connected on 61.6 percent of his passes last season for 3,449 yards with 27 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also rushed 210 times for 986 yards and 14 more scores, providing Mullen and the Bulldogs with a dual threat.
The race for the 2015 Heisman Trophy figures to be wide open, and there’s no reason that Prescott should not be mentioned as a candidate. If he can improve on last season’s numbers, including cutting down on his turnovers, Mississippi State should be in the race for the SEC Western Division title. And if that’s the case, Prescott will certainly be in the race for the Heisman.