A source close to ESPN’s Joe Schad, reported that Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott will return to school for his final season of eligibility.
The move comes as no real surprise to many close to the program, following a disappointing end to the team’s first ten-win season since 1999. Prescott’s ability to move the ball with both his arm and legs guided the Bulldogs to their first number 1 ranking in a long while.
Prescott is expected to discuss the decision with the media during a Wednesday press conference, and Bulldog fans will learn more about his decision making process tomorrow during the meeting. Head coach Dan Mullen must be ecstatic following the report and knowing that he will not need to replace his starting quarterback as the team aims to move atop the SEC. The quarterback is the most important player on the field, and with another year to improve, Prescott could assume the role of the top quarterback in the conference.
During Prescott’s exceptional 2014 season, he finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting throwing for 3,449 yards and 27 touchdowns to go along with an additional 987 yards and 14 scores on the ground. Prescott’s decision to return to school could be questioned next season when a much stronger crop of quarterbacks will be eligible to enter the NFL Draft, but nonetheless he received a grade from NFL scouts prior to making his final decision. The top three quarterbacks are Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, and Brett Hundley, however, questions remain about the rest of the crop.
The 10-3 Bulldogs finished their 2014 season in disappointing fashion losing their Capital One Orange Bowl appearance to Georgia Tech.
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