Mississippi State assistant head coach Tony Hughes took the place of head coach Dan Mullen Wednesday on the Southeastern Conference media teleconference. Mullen is in Louisiana today for the funeral of the mother of sophomore quarterback Dak Prescott. Photo by: MSU athletics
November 6, 2013 12:12:17 PM
STARKVILLE - On the day of the funeral for Mississippi State sophomore quarterback Dak Prescott's mother Peggy, Bulldogs assistant head coach Tony Hughes started his time on the Southeastern Conference media teleconference with a message for the signal caller.
"Our hearts go out to Dak Prescott who is truly a team player and a great representative of Mississippi State...and his family today," said Hughes, who is also the team's recruiting coordinator and safeties coach. "He is very well respected by his teammates and the coaching staff here at Mississippi State."
Hughes substituted for MSU coach Dan Mullen as the fifth-year head coach was scheduled to attend the Prescott funeral in Louisiana Wednesday.
"Our team and staff are very excited to be playing a outstanding Texas A&M team on national television," Hughes said Wednesday. "This is why you want to play and coach SEC football for games like this. It will be a challenge and great experience for us."
The mother of Dak Prescott died Sunday morning. Peggy Prescott lost her long battle with colon cancer and leaves three children with Dak being the youngest of the trio. Dak Prescott left the MSU program Sunday to be with his family in Haughton, La., and funeral proceedings are set for Wednesday with the entire MSU team planning to attend the services. MSU (4-4, 1-3 in Southeastern Conference) will travel Friday afternoon for a road game at No. 11 Texas A&M and Mullen said Monday he's currently unsure if Prescott will play Saturday (2:30 p.m., CBS).
"We train year-round during the offseason, spring and summer conditioning program for adversity," Hughes said when asked about coaching the team this week after the tragic news of one of their leader's families. "We teach them the game of football is like the game of life. Sometimes you're going to get knocked down and sometimes circumstances are going to happen that you can't control. You have to rise up past the adversity. Our young men here at Mississippi State are resilient and mentally tough."
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