After making a strong argument that Tony Romo has a very strong résumé and has fought on the team for over the past 13 years it’s time to take a look at Dak Prescott’s history! Does he have what it takes to be a viable starter for the rest of the season?
Dak Prescott, formally known as Rayne Dakota Prescott, was born on July 29, 1993. At the time, Tony Romo was in middle school! Dak Prescott was from Haughton High School in Haughton, Louisiana. His high school was also the foundation for Joe Delany, who was a running back for the Kansas City Chiefs. Delany passed away in 1983 when saving 3 children from drowning in a pond.
After that, Dak Prescott went over to Mississippi State as a true redshirted freshman in 2011. During the 2012 season, he was a backup for Tyler Russell. He played 12 games. Prescott was 18 for 29 on passes, which led to a 194 passing yards with 4 touchdowns and no inceptions. They also scored 4 rushing touchdowns with 110 rushing yards on 32 carries. This made Prescott’s place on the team clear. If Tyler Russell were to ever go down, he’d begin a starter.
During the 2013 season, that exactly happened! When Tyler Russell suffered a concussion, Dak Prescott stepped up and played 11 games. He threw 156 or 267 yards at 58% completion. He threw 10 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He also had 134 carries for a total of 829 yards and 13 touchdowns.
One of the key moments of his season was the 2013 Liberty Bowl. Prescott led his team over the Rice Owls on a 44-7 win. His performance ranked him 7th in passing yards, 5th in rushing touchdowns, 4th in total yards, and 23 in total touchdowns. He was a star player already before his junior year even started.
With the 2014 season underway, Prescott was named the full-time starter for the season. He led the team to a 10-2 record. They became number 1 for the first time ever in program history.
During the Orange Bowl, Prescott’s team went on to lose to Georgia Tech. In the 2014 season, Dak Prescott headlined everywhere when he broke ten school records. He was the top in passing yards, total offense, passing touchdowns, total touchdowns. Dak Prescott scored 14 rushing touchdowns as a quarterback! He was awarded the Manning Award Player of the Week 5 times, 2014 SEC Offensive player of the Week 3 times, Athlon sports, Davey O’Brien, Maxwell Award Player of the week 2 teams each. He was also a 24/7 sports national player of the week. He was on the first team for almost every type of ranking and finished 8th in Heisman Trophy voting.
During the 2015 season, he was coming in with a lot of hype! Prescott was nervous about possibly falling off when he was a National Player of the Year Candidate. The opposite occurred. Prescott went on for 60 touchdowns passing and 40 touchdowns, rushing in his career. He was at 2411 rushing yards, which placed him in the top 3, behind Matt Jones and Tim Tebow. He also ranked 4th in the SEC for 107 total responsible touchdowns which included passing, rushing, and receiving and 5th in total yards. After winning many awards again, he ended his senior year with 316 completions from 477 attempts putting him at 66%.
Prescott ended his college Career with 734 completions out of 1169. This put him at 62.8% and 9376 total passing yards. His average QB rating was at 146.0 and with 2521 rushing yards and 41 touchdowns. The icing on the cake was the fact that he also had 88 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns.
The Dallas Cowboys knew they wanted to acquire a young quarterback. Although they failed to get Paxton Lynch and Connor Cook, they landed Dak Prescott. Prescott was rumored to go in the 3rd round but, due to a pending DUI charge, he fell into the 4th round. All charges were dropped. Dak Prescott got lucky with Kellen Moore suffering a horrible injury and a Josh McCown trade not occurring. Prescott and Jameill Showers fought for the backup job. It is rumored that Showers had the better performance during camp. Nevertheless, Dak ended up second in line.
During Prescott’s first game against the Los Angeles Rams, he went 10 of 12 for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns. Prescott followed that momentum into week 2 against the Miami Dolphins. He went on for 227 total yards, threw 2 touchdowns and ran 2. It was during the next preseason game when Tony Romo injured himself with a cerebral compression fracture. Prescott entered the game and lost.
With Tony Romo out for 8 to 10 weeks, Dak Prescott was named the starting quarterback for the team. This was the first time a quarterback was a rookie starter for the Dallas Cowboys since Quincy Carter in 2001. Carter was a replacement for the retired Troy Aikmen.
The Dallas Cowboys were a mess in terms of moral. The fans were slowly giving up. They lost DeMarco in the off season and Tony in the pre-season. Elliot and Prescott were both rookies who had to carry a heavy burden.
What did they do? They turned that burden into a fire and destroyed! In the first game against the New York Giants, Dak became the fourth rookie to start the season for the Dallas Cowboys. He had a good game with 227 total yards and throwing for 25 of 45. Unfortunately, they lost 20-19. Although he didn’t have any inceptions; the blame of the game can be given to Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley’s dropped touchdowns and Terrance Williams clock mismanagement.
The second game of the season was against the Redskins. Prescott threw for 292 yards and ran it in for a 6-yard rushing touchdown. The Dallas Cowboys went on to win the game 27-23.
Prescott threw his first NFL touchdown to Dez Bryant during week 3. He also added a second rushing touchdown to his résumé. This win snapped an 8 game losing streak at the AT&T center. Prescott’s magic continued in week 4, where he got 2 touchdowns passing when they were down 14-0 to win the game 24-17.
The Dallas Cowboys have a great quarterback in their hands! He has shown in college and in the NFL that he has what it takes to be an elite quarterback. Read our next blog post to see the comparisons of what they bring to the table for the rest of the season!