Dak Prescott is the current starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys who enjoyed an historic rookie season in 2016, leading the Cowboys to a 13-3 record and a playoff appearance, setting records in the process. He played college football for the Mississippi State Bulldogs, where he was the starting quarterback from 2013 to 2015. He currently holds all school passing records, totaling 38 records. Prescott was a 2-time recipient of the Conerly Trophy (2014, 2015) and was named 2-time All SEC (2014, 2015). In his career, Prescott finished 3rd in SEC history in total yards, and 4th in total touchdowns. He passed for 9,376 yards and 70 touchdowns and added another 2,521 rushing yards and 41 rushing touchdowns to his astounding career statistics.
Prescott was selected in the fourth round by the Cowboys in the 2016 NFL Draft. Due to injuries to Tony Romo and Kellen Moore, and his impressive performance in the pre-season, Prescott was named the starter for the team’s first regular-season game on September 11, 2016. He became the fourth rookie quarterback to open the season as a starter in franchise history, and the first rookie to start at quarterback for the Cowboys since Quincy Carter in 2001.
In week 6 of the 2016 season, Prescott with 176 attempts broke the record for most consecutive pass attempts without an interception to start a career; a record previously held by Tom Brady at 162 attempts in 2000-2001. He finished his 2016 rookie season with a record 11 games with an over 100 NFL passer rating, breaking the rookie record of 9 games set by Russell Wilson in 2012, and ending the season with an impressive rating of 104.9 (3rd in the NFL), and a the best of any rookie in the history of the NFL. His 67.76% pass completion percentage broke the rookie record previously by Ben Roethlisberger. In the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 18, 2016, Prescott, with an 88.9% completion percentage, broke the rookie single game record of 87.0% set by Mike Glennon in 2013.
After a spectacular rookie season, Prescott was named to the Pro Bowl and is also the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, receiving 28 of 50 votes, beating out teammate Ezekiel Elliott by 7 votes. He threw for 3,667 yards and gained 29 total touchdowns (23 passing, 6 rushing) while giving up only 4 interceptions.
Dak’s remarkable story is only beginning. Cowboys fans can’t wait to see what he’ll do next!
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