How Dak Prescott Can Win the Heisman

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Oct 12, 2013; Starkville, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Dak Prescott (15) carries the ball against the Bowling Green Falcons at Davis Wade Stadium. The Bulldogs defeated the Falcons 21-20. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Let me just say that I didn’t want to write this. I really wanted to hold off on any possible Heisman talk for Dak until after the LSU game. My reasoning was that Dak Prescott would not have a chance to join the Heisman conversation until after that game had been played. Even if he puts up numbers that would make EA NCAA Football blush, it will be against mediocre competition, and that’s probably giving the teams we play those games too much credit.

I’m writing this because of all the attention Hugh Kellenberger got for his article he wrote about Dak Prescott and his Heisman candidacy. Croom Diaries did a great job poking holes in his argument, so I am not going to spend my time rehashing that. I’d rather point out why people OUTSIDE of Mississippi State think Dak Prescott could be a candidate. But the one thing that Hugh Kellenberger should have considered before ever writing that article is that Prescott was added to the Maxwell Award Watch List. The Maxwell Award is given to the College Player of the Year, essentially a less celebrated version of the Heisman. Yes, there are over 70 players on that list, but to even be on the Watch List means that people think you might put up a good enough season to win it. If that isn’t at least a Dark Horse chance at winning the Heisman, then I don’t know what is.

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  • wtw2400

    Well yes but this schedule is really good for us. I think he would get noticed if he beat LSU bc it is his home state. I know Dak will make sure we beat them and end the streak and that settles that. I think he will got to tuscaloosa and beat them. I also do not think he will lose a home game with that defense. And do you really think he will let ole misss beat them? We can win the nc here and it is not as hard as anyone thinks. I know that the idea is hard to believe as a state fan but… dont hide from it. Embrace it. Just NEVER say #webelieve. That means you think we really have no shot in the beginning. We can legitamatlly nake the argument rhat we can beat evry team at any place and this is a dact. You will believe me once you see the bulldogs beat and rub the tigers out of their stadium. Mark my words.

  • winniej

    People list Dak’s interception total as one of his “weaknesses.” What no one discusses is the South Carolina game. I remember being upset with Dak’s performance and wondering what was going on with him because it was unlike what we had seen out of him up to that point. 3 interceptions in one game (nearly half his total for the entire year[7].) The next day I read on twitter that his mother passed away Sunday morning and I felt like crap. People talk about the TA&M game as a really gutsy game but I think the South Carolina game was more so. I am sure Dak would never use his Mom’s illness as an excuse for a poor performance but I think it must be part of the discussion (particularly when discussing interceptions). I think it was probably much harder for that young man to play the SC game than A&M. In long illnesses it is usually very obvious when the end is near. He had to know that his mother was on the very precipice of death. That he might, in fact, by playing in that game, miss her passing. Miss last goodbyes and last “I love you.” I am sure his mother and family encouraged him to play and we needed him. With Tyler injured he was the only chance we had of winning that game and he had to know it. So he played and threw 3 interceptions (he still completed 65% of his passes though). I cannot begin to imagine how deeply he was affected during that game. But I do believe, based on his performance before and after that game, that we have to look at those interceptions and his performance in that particular game through the lens of his mother’s passing. Therefore, that “weakness”, while it statistically looks unimpressive is not as bad as it might have seemed at the time.

    • Justin Strawn

      You are 100% correct Winnie. It’s why you can’t use that metric that so many use. I plan to write more about this very thing when we get close to the one year anniversary of her passing.

  • golfdawg11

    I wasn’t a Dak Drooler at the start when he replaced Tyler Russell, because, frankly, he didn’t have the experience and was thrust into a starting role that he more than likely would have assumed by mid-season under normal circumstances. Instead, he was thrust into the starter role in the first game against nationally ranked OSU. He was mediocre. And, though people may not want to hear it, if his passing had been merely adequate against Auburn, we win that game by ten points. But, if someone has more time than me, throw out his first 3-4 games of statistics and present the remainder of the season when he gained experience. His completion percentage was hovering around 50% for a long time, but went up much higher as the season ended. It may be possible that he had a 60% completion after those first 3-4 games of being a starter. And, don’t forget, those who thrust Tyler Russell to the side should remember that his completion percentage was over 70% for much of the season, being hurt and coming on and off the bench. Had Tyler Russell not got hurt that first game against OSU, he was set for a monster year. It would have been a offense with more passing, but if you can complete 70% of your passes, wouldn’t you use the passing game more? It was a tough year for Tyler, a down (then up) year for Dak, but last season could have been 9-4 too instead of 7-6 had we had an experienced QB all season.