Ex-Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott now is Dallas’ top backup

Dak Prescott
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Former Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott has ascended to the No. 2 spot on the Dallas Cowboys’ depth chart.

After Kellen Moore broke his right fibula during Tuesday’s practice, Prescott moved into the top backup role behind starter Tony Romo. Prescott even took reps with the first team Thursday because Romo is getting every third day of training camp off to rest after breaking his clavicle twice last season.

Prescott sounded confident about his new role when speaking to reporters after Moore's injury Tuesday.

Dak Prescott has impressed Tony Romo. Now, he must impress offensive coordinator Scott Linehan (blue T-shirt). MATTHEW EMMONS/USA TODAY SPORTS

Dak Prescott has impressed Tony Romo. Now, he must impress offensive coordinator Scott Linehan (blue T-shirt). MATTHEW EMMONS/USA TODAY SPORTS

"It's something I'm going to come in and make sure I'm ready for," said Prescott, who was drafted in the fourth round, 135th overall. "I'm going to go and study this film and continue to study it. I don't really feel the pressure, I guess. I just want to come in, make myself better each and every day.

"I think I feel pressure more from myself than anybody else in any situation. I want to be the best, and I'm going to push myself until I get there."

The early returns on Prescott were positive in Cowboys training camp even before Moore’s injury, with Romo praising the young quarterback earlier this week.

"He picks things up quickly," Romo said. "And for rookies that's not always the easiest thing. Sometimes you can say it, but then you got to see it and react as far as who is the (middle linebacker), certain things. Reads are going to come. You're going to make mistakes. You're going to go through your reads faster each year."

Still, the Cowboys reportedly are actively seeking a veteran quarterback. They showed some interest in Nick Foles, who was released by the Los Angeles Rams last week, but Foles signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday.

Cleveland's Josh McCown has become an option, but the Browns are reluctant to trade him. Currently, he is in a training-camp battle with Robert Griffin III for the Browns' starting job.

Prescott, one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation at Mississippi State, racked up 9,376 passing yards, 2,521 rushing yards and accounted for 104 touchdowns during his Bulldogs career. He was the eighth quarterback drafted.

While he was expected to be a developmental player for the Cowboys in the short term, Prescott is looking to take full advantage of the newfound opportunity.

“I just have to come in each and every day and get better," Prescott said after practice Wednesday as cowbells rang in the background. "That's all I'm worried about. My main focus is just to come in and make sure these guys hold me accountable and I hold them accountable and just be at my best every practice."

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