#4 Dak Prescott
Rayne Dakota “Dak” Prescott was born in Sulfur, Louisiana on July 29, 1993. He played collegiately at Mississippi State University. He is a rookie quarterback in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys, who drafted him in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
When Dak Prescott was in first grade, he and his two older brothers moved with their mom to Haughton, Louisiana after their parents split. There, approximately 18 miles east of Shreveport, Prescott attended Haughton High School.
Dak, the son of Nathaniel and Peggy Prescott, was named after one of the three bulls on the cartoon show “Wild West C.O.W-Boys of Moo Mesa”.
Dak’s two older brothers (Tad and Jace) were standout defensive lineman at Haughton High School, but all eyes were on the youngest sibling (Dak) who many people were already calling a special athlete before he even reached high school.
Although he was already viewed as a special athlete, Dak didn’t become a starter until his junior year in high school.
He really made a name for himself his senior season. Dak Prescott completed 159 of 258 passes for 2,860 yards and 39 touchdowns. He also ran for 951 yards on 90 attempts and scored 17 rushing touchdowns.
Dak Prescott chose to play for the Mississippi State Bulldogs after graduating high school. He was the starting quarterback from 2013-2015, and holds all of the school’s passing records.
In 2011 he was redshirted as a true freshman. The following season, in 2012, he was the backup to Tyler Russell. Dak Prescott played in 12 games and completed 18 of 29 passes for 194 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. He also ran for 110 yards on 32 carries and scored four touchdowns.
In 2013, Dak Prescott began the season as Russell’s backup once again, but took over as the starter after Russell suffered a concussion. Prescott ended up playing in 11 games and completed 156 of 267 passes for 1,940 yards with 10 passing touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also ran for 829 yards on 139 carries and scored 13 rushing touchdowns.
Dak Prescott was named the MVP of the 2013 Liberty Bowl after leading the Bulldogs to a 44-7 win over the Rice Owls. His 2013 performance ranks seventh in passing yards (1,940), tied for fifth in rushing touchdowns (13), and fourth in total yards (2,769) and total touchdowns (23). After the 2013 season, he was named to the 2013 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
In 2014, Prescott’s first full season as a starter, he led the Bulldogs to a 10-2 regular season record, and the first number 1 ranking in the program’s history.
Dak Prescott broke 10 school records in 2014 including:
- Single season passing yards (3,449)
- Total yards of offense (4,435)
- Passing touchdowns (27)
- Total touchdowns (41)
He also had 14 rushing touchdowns, which tied him for fourth in the school’s history.
Prescott was also named Manning Award Player of the Week five times, 2014 SEC Offensive Player the Week three times, the Athlon Sports, Davey O’Brien, Maxwell Award Player the Week two times, and was the 24/7 Sports National Offensive Player the Week.
He was named a 2014 Honorable Mention All-American by SI.com, 2014 First-Team All-SEC team by the AP, Coaches, and ESPN.com, and was on the 2014 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
He won the Conerly Trophy, was a finalist for the Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien Award, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, and the Manning Award. He also finished eighth in the 2014 Heisman Trophy voting and received two first-place votes.
2016 NFL Draft
Dak Prescott was selected in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys with the 135th overall pick.
Prescott was the second of the Dallas Cowboys’ fourth round draft picks and was chosen 34 picks after Charles Tapper (101 overall).
As a rookie quarterback, Dak Prescott wasn’t likely to see the field much because the Dallas Cowboys were hoping to bring him along slowly so that he could develop his skill set and allow him to get accustomed to how things were done in the NFL. The injury to back up quarterback Kellen Moore changed all of that in a hurry.
After Moore’s injury, there was an open competition between Prescott and Jameill Showers to prove to the coaching staff they were capable of becoming Tony Romo’s backup QB for the 2016 season.
Dak Prescott opened the first preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams as the starting quarterback and had a stellar performance, completing 10 of 12 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns in one half of action.
Prescott would follow up his impressive performance against the Rams again the next preseason game against the Miami Dolphins, where he had 227 yards of total offense and four touchdowns. Two of those four touchdowns he ran in himself.
He was forced into early action against the Seattle Seahawks when Tony Romo exited the game after only three plays, suffering a back injury. He battled against a tough Seahawks defense and had the Cowboys tied 10-10 heading into halftime. Unfortunately, the Cowboys didn’t hang on in the second half and lost 17-27 to the Seahawks.
Dak Prescott will open the 2016 season as the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. He is the first rookie QB to start for the Cowboys since Quincy Carter in 2001.
The total value of Dak Prescott’s rookie contract is $2,453,392. He is fully guaranteed $382,392 and will make $613,348 per season.
- In 2016 Prescott’s base salary is $450,000 and his cap hit is $545,848
- In 2017 Prescott’s base salary is $540,000 and his cap hit is $635,848
- In 2018 Prescott’s base salary is $630,000 and his cap hit is $725,848
- In 2019 Prescott’s base salary is $720,000 and his cap hit is $815,848
If Dak Prescott develops the way the Dallas Cowboys hope, then he’ll be due a much larger, long-term contract suitable for a starting caliber quarterback.
Is 2019 Wide Receiver Group Best Dak Prescott Has Worked With?
Dak Prescott will be leading the Dallas Cowboys offense for the fourth consecutive year in what has been a very unlikely career. In three seasons, he's led the Cowboys to two NFC East titles and one playoff win. He's done so with quality offenses, starting by a strong offensive line and an elite running back in Ezekiel Elliott. During his career in Dallas he's had some solid receivers, but he hasn't played with a group as strong as the one he'll have in the upcoming 2019 season.
This year's starters will be headlined by Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb. Although there's many other intriguing players to watch at the position, those three are the presumed starting three.
Despite the big debate among fans and analysts, Prescott has been able to win games for this football team. Perhaps his worst came at the beginning of last season, when the team's plan of not having a WR1 backfired terribly.
In the first seven weeks of the 2018 season, Dak averaged only 202 yards per game. In that span he threw for less than 200 yards in four games. Once the team traded for Cooper, that average rose all the way up to 274 yards per game. He threw for less than 200 yards in only one occasion since then.
Michael Gallup is poised for a breakout season after a rookie season in which he improved every week. The Cowboys' 2018 third-round pick didn't get as much playing time at the beginning of the season as he fought for snaps with Allen Hurns, Tavon Austin among others. In the postseason, Gallup caught six passes for 119 yards. He still has a long way to go, but the talent is clearly there.
As for Randall Cobb, many fans have doubts. He's coming in to replace Cole Beasley, who was such an effective slot wide receiver. Cobb's style will likely be different, and although he might not be as good at shaking defenders off as ol' #11, he'll be more of a downfield threat than Beasley.
Comparing this starting group to the ones from prior years, it really seems like the best Dak Prescott has worked with. During his first couple of years in the league, Dak played with a Dez Bryant that (like it or not) wasn't anywhere close to his peak. 2016-2017 Dez wasn't on last year's Amari Cooper's level. Williams had his moments, but wasn't consistent and was well-known as a body-catcher.
This year's group has its question marks, that's for sure. Randall Cobb hasn't played a full season since 2015 due to injuries and Michael Gallup doesn't have a ton of experience and is yet to breakout. Even still, it seems like Prescott will have a great group of pass-catchers to help him lead the Cowboys to another NFC East title. It'll be an interesting fourth year for the young Cowboys quarterback. It's definitely good to see he'll have help.
Dallas Cowboys 2019 Training Camp Preview: Offensive Tackle
The Dallas Cowboys appear to be bringing back the same key trip of players at offensive tackle from last year. But with talk that 2019 could be La'el Collins' last season in Dallas, will we see signs that the Cowboys are preparing for future changes in how they handle the position in this year's training camp?
With Tyron Smith as an All-Pro fixture at left tackle, and Cameron Fleming re-signed this offseason to be the swing tackle, the intrigue swirls around Collins and his impending free agency in 2020. If the Cowboys have no intention of paying La'el what he can command on the open market, what might they do now to lay the groundwork for Collins' exit?
Here's a quick look at the projected OT depth chart for 2019 camp:
- Tyron Smith, La'el Collins
- Cam Fleming, Jake Campos
- Mitch Hyatt, Derrick Puni, Brandon Knight
As was just said, the returning top three are locked in to those spots. Campos is a carryover from last year's practice squad, so that experience gives him a potential edge over the three undrafted rookies.
Back to the top, though, and this situation with La'el Collins. If Dallas had Collins locked up for years to come, they would likely only keep the two starters and Fleming as a backup. A fourth OT is unlikely to be active on game days, and they have Guard Connor Williams' college experience as a tackle in case of an emergency.
If the Cowboys are truly thinking that La'el won't be back in 2020, perhaps they use a roster spot now to hang on to a player who they value for depth next year.
This is where undrafted rookie Mitch Hyatt becomes an intriguing figure in this 2019 camp. He comes from a championship college program at Clemson and was projected as a late-round pick this year. Dallas made him a priority free agent signing after the draft.
Of course, Campos, Knight, or Puni have the potential to make some noise as well. But Hyatt would seem to have the most upside of the group, and Dallas might be willing to consider him as a 2020 swing tackle option if he can hit the ground running in camp this year.
Cam Fleming is also going to need to have a strong camp to help the Cowboys' in their strategy. Letting Collins go would be predicated on their comfort level with Fleming as the right tackle next year. If he struggles now, then doesn't get much playing time in the regular season, that would likely shake their confidence.
The final result of all this talk could be that La'el Collins and Dallas actually do figure out a way to continue their relationship. But when the Cowboys drafted Connor McGovern in the third round of this last draft it felt like a future-pointed move, with Collins' projected departure the likely impetus for the investment.
What we may wind up seeing is McGovern taking over at left guard and allowing Connor Williams to replace Collins at tackle. But that's a discussion better saved for next offseason.
You can read more about La'el Collins impending free agency in this recent article by our own Kevin Brady. A few weeks back, I also discussed the idea that Dallas should trade Collins now rather than lose him as a free agent next year.
For now, the offensive tackles in 2019 should have continuity and stability. But if we really pay attention in this training camp and preseason, we may see signs of what the Cowboys are planning to do at the position in the coming years.
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Randall Cobb Will Be a Different Slot WR for Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys signing Randall Cobb might just be the most underrated move of their offseason. For less than five million dollars, they got an experienced wide receiver who is only 28 years old. The former Green Bay Packer has had a solid career wearing green and yellow and now gets the chance to play with the Cowboys' colors. But what can we expect from the veteran wideout?
There are some players who are absolute locks to make the 53-man roster and Cobb is one of them. That much is clear. On the depth chart, he probably sits behind Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, who will likely be the number one and number two receivers, respectively.
With Cole Beasley departing to the Buffalo Bills in free agency, Cobb is expected to take his place as the offense's starting slot receiver. Cowboys Nation knows very well just how good Beasley was at playing in the slot. His ability to shake defenders off was really impressive and his hands were reliable. However, we might see something different from Cobb.
Yes, it all points toward him playing the same position, but don't expect him to be a Beasley 2.0. This is of course, not a bad thing. Something fans consistently complained about Scott Linehan's offense were the short routes receivers had to run. In Cobb's short time with the Cowboys, we're seeing deeper routes even out of the slot position.
Bryan Broaddus from DallasCowboys.com wrote: "the ball to Cobb even playing out of the slot is further down the field. We hadn’t seen that from Cole Beasley and visually it looks different."
This should be exciting for Cowboys fans, specially considering all the positive reviews on new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. What we see from Randall Cobb in 2019 could be very different from what we had seen from Beasley in prior years.
It's also worth mentioning that word is Cobb has quickly developed an important chemistry with his new quarterback, Dak Prescott. Beasley was very important in Prescott's rookie season, when he averaged 52.1 yards per game and accounted for five touchdowns.
While Beasley was an important receiver for Cowboys, he wasn't really known as a team leader. Cowboys reporter Lindsay Cash Draper wrote about Cobb's leadership skills will carry on to the team whether he's doing it intentionally or not. It's always good to have such presences out there on the training field to spark the team.
Randall Cobb won't be this team's #1 guy or anything like that, but he will surely contribute every week. When we look back to this offseason, I believe this signing will look like a great move by the Cowboys' front office.
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