September 4, 2013 1:33:28 PM
STARKVILLE - In what he hopes is in front of another sellout crowd, Mississippi State University coach Dan Mullen will get a chance to see what sophomore Dak Prescott can do when he's asked to run the full spread offense scheme Saturday against Alcorn State University (2:35 p.m., CSS).
MSU (0-1) now must rebound from just the third game in the Dan Mullen era where they failed to score a touchdown and now must get sophomore Dak Prescott ready this week to make his first career collegiate start against a Football Championship Subdivision opponent. The preparation began Monday with Prescott behind center a majority of the snaps and Russell simply watching and encouraging a player he called "the second starting quarterback" in fall camp.
When he was inserted in the loss last week to No. 13 Oklahoma State, Prescott failed to move the offense and finished just 7 of 17 for 89 yards and a interception.
"I thought Dak did a good job," Mullen said referencing Saturday's 21-3 loss to Oklahoma State. "He is a young guy for us, just a sophomore, but came in and did a good job. He made some plays and obviously a couple things he can learn. He missed a couple of reads out there on the field. Ultimately made some other really good throws, good decisions with the ball in his hand. He gets to see himself on film making those plays, and not just somebody else do it. I expect to see a lot of development in him with the more opportunities he gets to play."
Mullen said last week it wasn't as critical to get Prescott in the game because he'd experienced a lot of different elements to the higher level of college football last year. That mindset is now out of the window due to a injury to the start quarterback and co-captain of the MSU team just one game into the 2013 season.
"We want right now at this point," Mullen said. "We're just going to run our offense. Dak's obviously going to run it with a little different flavor than Tyler runs it, a little bit more athletic of a guy. Schematically we're not going to change a whole lot."
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