When Mississippi State takes the field for its second non-conference game of the young season, the Bulldogs will do so without a 100-percent healthy player under center.
Citing a person close to Dak Prescott, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported that the quarterback suffered some type of foot injury during practice this week. It appears, though, that head coach Dan Mullen is confident Prescott will be available for at least partial duty for the game Saturday against UAB.
“When reached for comment Mullen said Prescott is healthy and he intends to play the quarterback against UAB,” the Clarion-Ledger wrote.
According to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Prescott missed most of spring practice in 2013 recovering from a toe injury. It’s unknown if this latest issue is in any way related to that first one.
Russell started seven games in 2013 as part of a two-man quarterback platoon with Tyler Russell. He led the team in rushing with 829 yards, and his 25 total touchdowns — 12 passing, 13 rushing — and 2,769 yards of total offense were second and third all-time, respectively, in school history.
Against Southern Miss in the opener last week, and in his first game as the unquestioned starter at the position, Prescott threw for 284 yards and four touchdowns. Both of those were career-highs, as was his 69.2 completion percentage.
If Prescott is sidelined, the reins of the MSU offense would be handed over to true sophomore Damian Williams. As a true freshman last season, Williams attempted 47 passes as the No. 3 quarterback behind Prescott and Russell.