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Former NFL GM: Mississippi State is legitimate contender in SEC West

Dak Prescott

Phil Savage evaluates football talent for a living. Savage, who was once the general manager of the Cleveland Browns, now serves as as the president of the Senior Bowl. Savage has seen plenty of talented quarterbacks during his 21 years as a talent evaluator, and it’s his belief Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott has what it takes to finally get the Bulldogs over the hump in the SEC.

“He makes them a legitimate contender in the SEC West,” Savage told CBSSports.com’s Jeremy Fowler. “Big arm, sturdy lower body, accuracy downfield might be questioned.”

At 6-2 and 235 pounds, Prescott is the ideal quarterback in head coach Dan Mullen‘s offensive system. The same system which once made Florida’s Tim Tebow into a Heisman Trophy winner and two-time national champion. Prescott could provide a similar presence for the Bulldogs.

Mullen described certain traits in Prescott that run parallel to all the things once said about Tebow.

“Ability to win,” Mullen described. “The it factor type of deal. He has it. Brings up the level of play with everybody around him. He’s going to make something happen, whether in run game or his arm with the passing game or improvising and extending plays.”

In 11 games last season, Prescott threw for 1,940 yards and ran for 829 more. Prescott’s numbers are similar to those posted by Auburn’s Nick Marshall when he led his team to an SEC championship. The difference is Marshall has a better surrounding cast. While Auburn will be a contender again this season based on the talent that returns to the team, Mississippi State needs Prescott to take his game to the next level.

“He will be the key to them either getting over the hump or not,” an unnamed SEC West head coach told Fowler.

If Prescott plays a little more like Tebow and a little less like Marshall, the Bulldogs could finally challenge Alabama, Auburn and LSU in the SEC West.

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10 Responses to “Former NFL GM: Mississippi State is legitimate contender in SEC West”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 11, 2014 5:05 PM

    Maybe there is a reason he is a ‘former’ GM.

    Trips to Baton Rouge and Tuscaloosa will make it very hard to even come close to winning the division.

    I can’t see them doing better than 3rd at best and probably worse.

  2. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 11, 2014 6:15 PM

    Lol I wouldn’t put too much stock in his opinion Bulldog fans.

    He couldn’t evaluate talent at all.

  3. jimmy53 says: Aug 11, 2014 8:46 PM

    A cook at the Waffle House says San Diego State is gonna win it all…

    Both seem about as plausible.

  4. houndofthebaskervols says: Aug 11, 2014 9:00 PM

    Yes, a contender to finish 6th in the West. All this Dak Prescott hype is hilarious.

  5. patbocam says: Aug 11, 2014 9:19 PM

    “If Prescott plays a little more like Tebow and a little less like Marshall, the Bulldogs could finally challenge Alabama, Auburn and LSU in the SEC West.”

    ^^ WTF is up with the diss to Marshall ^^

    Marshall did win an sec championship and come seconds short of a national one too.

    Get off Tebows nuts.

  6. geech72 says: Aug 11, 2014 10:49 PM

    I believe he’ll be exactly like Tebow; he’ll lose to Ole Miss in his junior year.

  7. realfootballfan says: Aug 12, 2014 8:27 AM

    This guy drafted Brady Quinn and seriously coveted Jamarcus Russell in that 2007 draft, so I would take anything he says about player evaluation, especially at QB, with a grain of salt.

  8. irishdodger says: Aug 12, 2014 9:53 AM

    They not only won’t win the SEC West, they couldn’t win a division title in any of the big 5 conferences.

  9. willieph says: Aug 12, 2014 11:58 AM

    Might not win the SEC west. But at least we’ve been to the championship game without tickets before.

  10. anthonybeard2 says: Aug 12, 2014 2:58 PM

    If they bring focus they can beat anybody, just don’t give teams the keys to beat you. Everyone seems to forget, AUBURN escaped Mississippi State at home with a last minuet drive to barely win, They also did the same against GEORGIA and ALABAMA!!! in honesty they were NOTRE DAME with the LUCK of the irish!! IF I were a betting man, I would put my money on DAK any day over NICK.

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