MSU WR Jameon Lewis Photo by: MSU Media Relations
August 25, 2014 5:57:09 PM
In five days, one of Mississippi State's most anticipated football seasons in recent history will begin with a Saturday night home game against Southern Miss. Returning 18 starters, including quarterback and a pair of defensive players garnering plenty of national attention, expectations are high in Starkville. And if that potential is reached, either on an individual basis in QB Dak Prescott's case or by the team itself, a number of season and career records could fall at MSU. Here are 3.
1. Career touchdowns
Current record holder: Don Smith, QB, 1983-86, 52 touchdowns.
Biggest threat: Prescott
Entering his junior season, Prescott is well ahead of Smith's four-year scoring pace, as the Haughton, Louisiana native has scored 31 times, just 21 short of Smith's mark. Considering that Prescott started just seven games a season ago and still scored 25 times, Smith's record could be in serious jeopardy. Just a junior, Prescott also has two years to do it.
2. Career completion percentage
Current record holder: (Tie) Dak Prescott, Tyson Lee, .588
Prescott currently shares this record with former Bulldog QB Tyson Lee, who completed 283-of-481 passes during his two-year career. If Prescott improves his completion percentage even a little, he will own the record outright.
3. Career 100-yard receiving games
Current record holder: David Smith, WR, 1968-70, 8
Biggest threat: WR Jameon Lewis
Prior to his junior season, it looked like Lewis had no shot at this career record. But the former Tylertown High QB exploded in 2013, posting career highs in catches (64), yards (923) and TDs (5). He also produced three 100-yard receiving outbursts, punctuated by a nine-catch, 220-yard gem against Conference USA champ Rice in the Liberty Bowl. If his timing with Prescott continues to improve the way it did near the end of 2013, five 100-yard games, which is what Lewis needs to tie the record, is not out of the question.
4. A Stone's Throw: Beware COLUMNS