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Dak Prescott shines in heavy workload during Friday night scrimmage

 

Matt Stevens

 

STARKVILLE - Mississippi State freshman quarterback Dak Prescott survived the most work behind center in his early college career. 

 

In Saturday's edition of The Dispatch, you'll see a more comprehensive recap of the during Friday night's scrimmage at Davis Wade Stadium. 

 

Through the first 20 offensive possessions, Prescott was 32-of-46 for 375 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. (NOTE: All statistics are unofficial) 

 

Prescott struggled in the beginning of the scrimmage with consecutive drives ending with a sack and an interception to freshman defensive back Dee Arrington before being to generate more than one first down. 

 

After the first hour of play, senior starting quarterback Chris Relf was pulled from action so Prescott was sent in to run the offense for both the first and second string offenses of the MSU depth chart.  

 

Prescott's increased role was due to the practice injury to Tyler Russell, who has started four games behind center this season, on Tuesday. Russell was not active while still wearing the same long black brace on his left leg that Mullen referred to as "the immobilizer" Thursday. 

 

The scrimmage was more like the practice time of the current week meaning many veterans were held out of action. Johnthan Banks, Cam Lawrence, Marcus Green, Fletcher Cox, Vick Ballard, Wade Bonner and Charles Mitchell were among the players running wind sprints instead of participating in the two-hour workout.  

 

Prescott's favorite target was to Jameon Lewis, a 5-foot-9 speedster from Tylertown, who had spent most of his redshirt freshman season on punt return duty and second string while he still understands his new college position of wide receiver. Lewis had six catches for 78 yards and the touchdown.  

 

Another safety target for Prescott was 6-foot-4 wide receiver Joe Morrow was the favorite target of Prescott on the outside as the former four-star recruit from Ocean Springs had six catches for 118 yards.  

 

"It's nice to have a 6-foot-4 receiver with strong hands that can catch it and can run after he gets it," Prescott said.  

 

Mullen said the Bulldogs will 'stage two' of the bowl preparation process that includes the beginning of their specific gameplan for the 2011 Music City Bowl against Wake Forest.  

 

"All of this is done," Mullen said. "We're not going to watch it, we won't end up watching (the film) until January. Late February will probably be the time we watch this scrimmage. Everything from here on out is game week." 

 

 

 

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