Why Dak Prescott Could Get Mississippi State to the Next Level
Everyone knows about the powerhouses that play within the conference as a whole, but as far as single divisions go around the country, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more difficult one than the SEC West.
If it isn't Alabama ruling the division, it's Auburn. If it isn't Auburn, it's LSU. And the list goes on and on.
So the question is, how do lower-tier teams within the division take the leap forward and start contending for division and conference championships considering the brutal schedule?
The Mississippi State Bulldogs are hoping to answer that question in 2014.
The bad news for Mississippi State is that Alabama, Auburn, and LSU will be ridiculously good like they always are. The good news is that Dan Mullen's team has Dak Prescott under center.
Prescott enters his junior season with extremely high expectations. Most people expect him to be a much better quarterback, which in turn means that they expect the Bulldogs to be a better team overall.
There's no doubting the fact that he has all the tools to be one of the best quarterbacks in the league. There's even talks of him being a potential Heisman candidate when all is said and done.
While he's always been more of a rushing threat than a passing threat, his performance this spring seems to suggest that his passing game has greatly improved.
These days in college football, dual-threat quarterbacks find themselves with a whole lot of value.
Spread offenses now rule the college football landscape, and Prescott is another outstanding talent that finds himself as the leader of an offense that could put up a lot of points.
With a new quarterbacks coach in Brian Johnson helping out, and with Mullen's excellent offensive knowledge, Prescott has been given everything that he needs to succeed. And the experience that he gained a season will go a long way towards helping him as well.
With the plethora of quarterbacks that exited the SEC following last season, Prescott has the opportunity to be a premier player in this league if continues to progress.
If that happens, Mississippi State could go from pretender to contender in the most daunting division in the nation.
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