Former Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott had a successful rookie season after being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2016 NFL Draft, but he also had a phenomenal year in general by any metric.
One person in particular who has received a fair amount of credit for grooming Prescott is Mississippi State Head Coach Dan Mullen. In 2014, Mullen and Prescott took the Bulldogs from perennial mediocrity to a 10-win season and their first Orange Bowl berth in more than 70 years.
“I don’t think he could have gone to a better situation. People ask me, ‘are you surprised with what’s going on with Dak Prescott?’ I’m not surprised at all. I’m surprised he’s playing,” Mullen said. “How he got on the field is a surprise. But the success he’s having, I’m not (surprised).”
Mullen thinks other players could similarly benefit from staying in school through their senior season as Prescott did.
“He and I sat down and said OK these are the things that we need to improve on,” Mullen said. “You can practice them in game reps at Mississippi St. next year, or you’re going to try to steal a practice rep every once in a while as a backup on an NFL team. He wouldn’t be having the success if he had left college a year early that he’s having now.”
You can listen to Mullen’s complete thoughts on Prescott below.