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Mississippi State's Dak Prescott Shines (Again) on National Stage

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There was a buzz coming out of Starkville in the offseason. Those around the program were confident Dak Prescott was ready to make the transition from a great athlete playing quarterback to a great quarterback who is also a great athlete.

The buzz, in this case, was accurate. Prescott is enjoying a truly spectacular junior season and has emerged — at this point — as the clear frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy.

His numbers compare favorably with the last three SEC quarterbacks, all of the dual-threat variety, to win the Heisman Trophy — Tim Tebow (2007), Cam Newton (2010) and Johnny Manziel (2012).

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In three games against SEC competition — and against three teams ranked in the top 10 at the time of the game — Prescott is averaging 260.7 yards passing and 101.0 yards rushing. None of the aforementioned “Big Three” averaged more than 200 and 100 against league opponents, with Manziel falling short in the rushing category (87.3 ypg), Newton in the passing (162.9 ypg) and Tebow in the rushing (73.7 ypg).

Prescott showed some vulnerability in Saturday’s epic win over Auburn, throwing two interceptions and completing only 52.9 percent of his passes. But he still threw for 246 yards, ran for 121 and — most important — led his team to a 15-point victory over the No. 1 team in the nation.

It’s still relatively early in the 2014 season and several huge tests await — especially on the road — but Prescott has proven to be the best player on what is right now the best team in the country. Not bad for a 3-star recruit from Louisiana who didn’t garner an offer from the home-state LSU Tigers until late in the recruiting process.