STARKVILLE, Miss. – A busy week for Mississippi State junior quarterback Dak Prescott continued Wednesday with two more honors. Prescott, who attended the Southeastern Conference Media Days on Tuesday, was named to the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List and was nominated for the Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team.
The Davey O’Brien Foundation placed 39 players on its watch list for the nation’s top college quarterback. Prescott is one of 13 juniors, and one of five SEC signal callers, to be selected.
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team is one of the most coveted and prestigious off-the-field honors in college football. The award recognizes student-athletes whose charitable involvement and community service contributions stand out. Prescott is one of 182 nominees for the 2014 season.
On the field, Prescott was the most valuable player of the 2013 AutoZone Liberty Bowl. He enters 2014 as the Bulldogs’ full-time starting quarterback a year after completing 156-of-267 passes for 1,940 yards with 10 touchdowns. A dual threat, Prescott accounted for a team-best 829 rushing yards on 134 carries with 13 scores.
Prescott shattered the MSU single-season record for quarterback rushing yards while the 13 rushing scores were the second most by a signal caller in Bulldog history. The Haughton, La., product accounted for 25 touchdowns in 2013, good for the second most in a year in program history.
Within the Starkville community, Prescott served as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army during the holiday season and assisted with tornado relief efforts in Mississippi in May. Outside the local area, he visited with patients at St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., Dec. of 2013.
For the Davey O’Brien Award, quarterbacks from all 125 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools are eligible until the field is narrowed to 16 semifinalists on Nov. 3. The Davey O’Brien Foundation and selection committee will announce three finalists on Nov. 24. The winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards Show to be broadcast from 7-9 p.m. ET on ESPN.
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team comprises 11 FBS players and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA. The final roster of 22 award recipients will be unveiled in September. A special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team members and prominent college football media members will select the 2014 squad.
MSU Players on 2014 NCFAA Watch Lists
Maxwell Award: Dak Prescott
Bednarik Award: Benardrick McKinney
Hornung Award: Jameon Lewis
Mackey Award: Malcolm Johnson
Rimington Trophy: Dillon Day
Nagurski Trophy: Benardrick McKinney
Butkus Award: Benardrick McKinney
Lombardi Award: Benardrick McKinney
Lombardi Award: Chris Jones
Biletnikoff Award: Jameon Lewis
Davey O'Brien Award: Dak Prescott