Owns 38 School Records (15 Career, 15 Single-Season, 8 Single-Game)
CAREER: The most decorated player in Mississippi State history … Two-time All-American and two-time All-SEC quarterback … Second quarterback in school history to earn consecutive All-SEC first-team honors (Billy Stacy, 1956-57) … One of four players in FBS history and the second player in Southeastern Conference history (2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow) to throw for 70 touchdowns and rush for 40 touchdowns in a career … One of 10 players in FBS history and the second player in SEC history (Tebow) to pass for 8,500 yards and rush for 2,000 yards … Owns 38 school records (8 single-game, 15 single-season, 15 career) … Accounted for 114 career touchdowns, which ranks fourth in SEC history… Tallied 11,897 yards of total offense, which ranks third in SEC history … Rushed for 2,521 yards, the third most by a quarterback in SEC history … Also ranks in the top-20 in SEC history in rushing touchdowns (41, 9th overall, 2nd by a quarterback), passing touchdowns (70, 16th), total touchdowns scored (44, 10th), completion percentage (62.8, 12th), completions (734, 12th), passing yards (9,376, 11th), and passing efficiency (146.1, 12th) … One of three FBS quarterbacks the last two decades to rush for 10 touchdowns and throw for 10 touchdowns in three straight seasons (Tebow and Colin Kaepernick) … One of two players in SEC history (Tebow) with 25 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns in multiple seasons … The first SEC player since Tebow in 2008-09 to lead his team in rushing and passing in two different seasons … Played in 49 career games with 33 starts and owned a 23-10 record as a starter … Owns the best winning percentage as a starting quarterback in school history (.697) … One of just two players nationally in the last seven seasons to average over 265 yards passing and 75 yards rushing per game in a season (Manziel, 2012) … Threw for over 250 yards a school record 18 times and owns a school record nine 300-yard passing games ... Threw for over 200 yards and rushed for 100 yards in the same game six times … Twice ran, threw and caught a touchdown pass in the same game … Received his master’s degree in workforce leadership in December 2015 ... Received his undergraduate degree in educational psychology in December 2014 … Named Most Outstanding Player of the Senior Bowl in January after completing 7-of-10 passes and one touchdown.
2014 JUNIOR SEASON: Put together the most prolific season by a quarterback in MSU history and one of the best in SEC annals … Finished higher in the Heisman Trophy vote than any player in MSU history by taking eighth with 42 points … An honorable mention All-American while becoming the first finalist in school history for the Maxwell, Davey O’Brien and Johnny Unitas Awards … A first-team All-SEC QB selection by the media and coaches and was awarded SEC Offensive Player of the Week three times … Started all 13 games … Shattered 12 school single-season statistical records while leading the program to its highest poll finish since 1940 and its first Orange Bowl in 73 years … Broke school records for rushing yards by a QB (986), total offense (4,435), total offense per game (341.2), touchdowns responsible (41), completion percentage (.616), passing yards (3,449), passing yards per game (265.3), 200-yard passing games (12), passing touchdowns (27) and passing efficiency (151.7) … Scored 15 touchdowns (14 rush, one receiving) … Finished fifth nationally in points responsible for with 252 … Led the nation in third down touchdowns accounted for with 17 (10 passing, seven rushing) … His 10 passing scores on third down were also tops nationally … Threw for over 250 yards in a game a school-record seven times while rushing for over 100 yards four times … Led the nation in 200-yard passing/100-yard rushing performances in the same (four times) … From Sept. 6-20 threw for 200 yards and rushed for 100 yards in three-consecutive games, a feat never accomplished by Heisman Trophy winners Tim Tebow, Cam Newton and Johnny Manziel … Tied a school record with a career-high four touchdown passes in the season opener vs. Southern Miss (8/30) … Became the first quarterback in school history to throw four-plus touchdown passes while rushing for 100-plus yards vs. UAB (9/6), finishing with 211 passing yards and four touchdowns and 111 rushing yards and one touchdown … His UAB performance joined him with Jay Cutler (2003) and Johnny Manziel (2012) as the only SEC players since 1996 to have thrown four touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards in the same … Led MSU to its first win at LSU since 1991, throwing for 268 yards and two touchdowns, as well as running for 105 yards and a score … Provided one of college football’s highlight reel plays of the year on a 56-yard touchdown run through the heart of the Tiger defense … His 89.9 QBR was the second-highest vs. LSU in the last 10 years (David Greene of Georgia; 93.8 in 2004) … Became the first player in the last 20 years to throw for over 200 yards and rush for over 100 yards against LSU … Accounted for 356 yards of total offense and five touchdowns against Texas A&M (10/4) … Responsible for three total touchdowns and 367 yards of total offense in the win against No. 2 Auburn that lifted MSU to No. 1 in the polls (10/11) … Credited with 330 yards of total offense (282 passing, 48 rushing) and two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) in the Egg Bowl at Ole Miss … Shattered a MSU single-game record with 500 yards of total offense against Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl (12/31) … Threw for a bowl record 453 yards on 33-of-51 passes with three touchdowns through the air and one score on the ground … Completed a 42-yard Hail Mary touchdown as time expired in the first half of the Orange Bowl.
2013 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Started seven games at quarterback (Alcorn, AU, Troy, LSU, UK, USC, Rice) and was part of a two-QB system with Tyler Russell ... Missed the Alabama and Arkansas contests after suffering an elbow injury in the fourth quarter of the Texas A&M game on Nov. 9 ... Completed 156-of-267 passes for 1,940 yards with 10 touchdowns and seven picks ... Accounted for a team-best 829 rushing yards on 134 carries with 13 scores ... Also caught two passes – both for touchdowns ... Shattered the then-MSU single-season record for QB rushing yards with 829, while 13 rushing scores were second-most by a QB in MSU history ... Led all SEC QBs in rushing scores ... Accounted for 25 touchdowns on the year, which ranked second in MSU history ... Scored 15 touchdowns on the year, which ranked third nationally among QBs ... Tallied 2,769 yards of total offense on the year, good for third place in MSU annals ... Entered in relief of an injured Tyler Russell in season-opener vs. Oklahoma State (8/31) ... Earned first career start against Alcorn State (9/7) and played the first half, guiding the Bulldogs to a 37-0 lead ... Started second-straight game against Auburn (9/14) and became the first MSU QB to reach 100 or more yards rushing (133) and 200 or more yards passing (213) since Chris Relf against Arkansas in Nov. 2010 ... Scored on a 36-yard reception, 22-yard run and 11-yard run and also threw a 50-yard TD pass against Troy (9/21) ... Became the first Bulldog to score three touchdowns in a game since the 2012 contest against Troy, when Chad Bumphis caught three TD passes ... Rushed for a 75-yard touchdown against Bowling Green (10/12), the longest by a Bulldog since Vick Ballard’s 75-yard TD scamper versus Alcorn State on Oct. 2, 2010 ... Turned in a big passing night against Kentucky (10/24) with 268 yards and two touchdown tosses ... Caught second career TD pass versus the Wildcats, hauling in a 17-yard strike from Jameon Lewis ... Just days after the passing of his mother, delivered a gutsy performance at Texas A&M (11/9) ... Rushed for a career-best 154 yards while also throwing for two touchdowns against the Aggies ... Left that game in the fourth quarter with an elbow injury ... Turned in one of the most inspirational performances in school history in an Egg Bowl win over Ole Miss (11/28) ... Battling an elbow injury, entered the game in the fourth quarter and completed 11 passes for 115 yards ... Scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime during the Egg Bowl with a three-yard run on a fourth-and-one play ... The MVP of the Liberty Bowl after accounting for a bowl-record five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) ... Was 17-of-28 for 283 yards passing and also ran for 78 yards on 14 carries in the Liberty Bowl victory over Rice.
2012 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON: Accounted for eight touchdowns, four rushing and four passing, seeing action as a short-yardage and redzone quarterback ... Completed 18-of-29 passes for 194 yards and no interceptions ... Rushed 32 times for 110 yards with four touchdowns on the ground ... Scored his first career touchdown in the season-opening win over Jackson State ... Scored again on the ground against South Alabama ... Tossed first career touchdown pass in victory over Tennessee in week six ... Rushed for another score and completed four-of-five passes against Middle Tennessee ... Continued scoring streak with touchdown passes against Alabama and LSU ... Closed out the regular season with a touchdown toss in the Egg Bowl ... Rushed twice for 20 yards in the Bulldogs final ball game of the season against Northwestern in the Gator Bowl.
2011 TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON: Sat out his freshman year as a redshirt.
HIGH SCHOOL: Highly recruited quarterback from the Louisiana prep ranks … Led the Haughton High Buccaneers to an undefeated regular season and a berth in the 4A state quarterfinals … Named First-Team All-State by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association … Completed 159-of-258 passes (62 percent) for 2,860 yards and 39 touchdowns during his senior season at Haughton … Rushed for 951 yards and 17 touchdowns on 90 attempts during his senior year (10.6 yards per carry) … During junior season, completed 144-of-252 passes for 2,172 yards and 27 touchdowns … Rated a three-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com … Committed to Mississippi State in July 2010 and enrolled in school during the spring of 2011.
PERSONAL: Full name is Rayne Dakota Prescott … Son of Nathaniel and the late Peggy Prescott … Born on July 29, 1993, in Sulphur, La. … Has two older brothers, Tad and Jace … Jace was an offensive lineman at Northwestern (La.) State … Earned his undergraduate degree in educational psychology in December 2014 … Received his master’s degree in workforce leadership in December 2015 … Actively involved in Starkville community service … Attends nearly every MSU sporting event when he can.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT DAK PRESCOTT
“I’d say he might be the best player I’ve ever coached. If you look at my coaching resume, that’s pretty impressive.” – Dan Mullen, Mississippi State Head Coach
“Dak Prescott is a heroic figure here, on his way to becoming the most popular and revered athlete in Mississippi State history. He has put a mid-level football program on his back and carried it into terra incognita. His leadership skills and competitiveness are Tebow-esque. He stands to be one of the transformative figures in the 21st century in college football. Handsome and charismatic, he projects an indestructible confidence that attracts followers within the locker room and from the outside as well. He's become a superhero on the field but still a mama's boy off it, a young man who misses his best friend.” – Pat Forde, Yahoo.com
“He is a special guy on and off the field. I read a lot about [Dak] Prescott before I came here and my expectations were high because of the way people write about his exceptional character, humility, and his big heart. My expectations were, quite frankly, exceeded. There is something special about [Dak] Prescott. He is a special guy, and I do not think you guys could ask for a better face for this program.” – Kaylee Hartung, SEC Network
“Prescott’s ever-present smile is a constant around the Mississippi State football facilities, but he also has a fierce competitive streak that teammates say is evident in everything from the football field to the weight room to video games. All that success has turned Prescott into arguably the hottest name in all of college football.” – David Brandt, Associated Press
“Prescott leads with a great big sense of presence and will. Prescott makes you want to join the team and do whatever he says.” – Chuck Culpepper, Washington Post
“If you make the argument that he is not one of the best players in the country at ANY position, you’re dead wrong. He has been absolutely sensational.” – Greg McElroy, SEC Network
“Prescott's story is heart-wrenching. It told a national audience what teammates already knew: that Prescott was strong, a leader, a role model. It's tough to find anyone -- even at Ole Miss -- who can find anything negative to say about him. His story is, in some ways, unrivaled nationally.” – Brandon Speck, Fox Sports
"He reminds me of one of those players that literally comes through and after they leave has changed the face of the program. When he leaves Mississippi State, he can accomplish something the school has never done and also leave a legacy that makes other great quarterbacks want to come play at Mississippi State. Often times, we forget why we do things. Dak Prescott understands he's a representation of his family, his mom and everyone that invested time in him for him to become who he is. Every player should take that approach when they take the field." – Marcus Spears, SEC Network
“He's one of the classiest most genuine athlete's I've ever covered.” – Mike Bonner, Jackson Clarion-Ledger
"He has a presence and a natural leadership about him. His fight and will to win is very evident with him and that's why Mississippi State is different than I've ever seen them. You cannot fake it. If it's real, it's real. I've seen him and seen him interact with his teammates enough. That's who he is." – Todd Blackledge, ESPN
“After what we have seen in other places, how can you not pull for a kid like Dak Prescott? If you’re looking for role models, look at Dak Prescott. While other quarterbacks who shall remain nameless are embarrassing their schools, Prescott has stood tall.” – Tony Barnhart, Atlanta-Journal Constitution
"He's got IT together. What an excellent young man. That's a leader. You know IT when you hear IT. He's got IT." – Jim Rome, Jim Rome Show
“At this rate he will at least end up with a Dak Drive on campus and a run of babies around the state named Dakota.” – Pete Thamel, Sports Illustrated
“While the Bulldogs are made in Mullen’s mold, it’s Prescott who’s the real leader, and not just in that typical quarterback type of way. He’s their identity, their rock, the type to remain calm amidst the pressurized pandemonium that is an SEC football game. Prescott’s figure looms like a miniaturized Hulk. He fires footballs like he’s hurling handballs. When he doesn’t throw, he’s a living theory of Newton’s law of inertia, typically bowling over two to three tacklers before tumbling down himself.” – Brendan Bures, NCAA.com
“I dare you to find another player on a winning program, Top 25 no less, who is as valuable to his team as Prescott. Last year he got a ton of hype because his team got off to an amazing start and was No. 1 at one point, but he's even better this year with less to work with. What he's done is simply amazing.” – Mike Farrell, Rivals.com
“I think the biggest compliment you can ever give a guy is would you want a guy on your team. He’s just a class act and a great guy to be around. When he’s on the field he just exudes confidence. The team feeds off that. He’s not going to be intimidated; he’s been on big stages. And he’s a good player.” – Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M Head Coach
"Every interaction with him is always a benefit. I learn something every time we speak. People don't realize the benefit I get from having a role model like Dak – on and off the field. It's awesome." – J.D. Almond, Northwestern State Quarterback