Bulldog Offensive Coordinator Les Koenning following Mississippi State's 21-3 loss to Oklahoma State…
FSNextTV: Dak Prescott Interview
Below the video is a transcript of what Dak Prescott said. var VideoMediaID = "1208624" var VideoStillImageID = "1208622" var MediaDir = "http://video.scout.com/media/"; var VideoURL = MediaDir + "video/flv/" + parseInt( VideoMediaID / 10000 ) + "/" + VideoMediaID + ".flv"; var ImageURL = MediaDir + "image/" + parseInt( VideoStillImageID / 10000 ) + "/" + VideoStillImageID + ".jpg"; var so = new SWFObject ('http://cdn-cms.scout.com/swf/flvplayer.swf','mpl','425','340','8'); so.addParam ('allowscriptaccess','always'); so.addParam ('allowfullscreen','true'); so.addVariable ('height','340'); so.addVariable ('width','425'); so.addVariable ('file',VideoURL); so.addVariable ('image',ImageURL); so.addVariable ('backcolor','0x000000'); so.addVariable ('frontcolor','0xFFFFFF'); so.addVariable ('lightcolor','0x00FF00'); so.addVariable ('screencolor','0x000000'); so.addVariable ('logo','http://media.scout.com/media/a/_network/mediaplayer/scoutTVlogo.png'); so.addVariable ('showstop','true'); so.write ('player'); How do you feel physically? "I'm ready. I'm almost 100%. They are just doing a real good job of limiting some things that I can do. But it's really just getting things back and getting comfortable and getting my feet back under me and helping my teammates." Les Koenning said you threw better in the boot because you were used to it. "It was just that my feet were getting a little too happy and I wasn't getting balanced. And the boot was helping me stay balanced. It got me a little comfortable and helped me keep my feet on the ground and in balanced." What do you feel you have improved on the most since last year? "Definitely in the film room, knowing the knowledge of the game. I'm comfortable with every aspect of the offense and the playbook. My reads of the defenses, I've gotten a lot better at that." How does that transfer to the field? "Every bit of it goes onto the field. You get into the film room, learn it, then it's just how well you can go out on the field and develop it. And I think I've done a good job of taking it from the film room and to the field." Les said you and Tyler Russell are such good friends that it's almost like you are brothers. That's a pretty good relationship considering you are competing for playing time. "We don't think about the playing time. I said something the other day about being the backup quarterback. He said you aren't the backup quarterback, you are the other quarterback. We are brothers. it goes beyond the field. When we get on the field we are going to push each other to be great. If he messes up I'm going to let him know and vice versa. It's just about pushing each other, trying to get better." Do you feel like the coaches have even more trust in your passing in key situations? "Yeah, definitely, but I think that comes from the film room. knowing the knowledge of the game. And me being more comfortable, I think that will get me on the field more and more playing time." How has the process of bringing the younger receivers along going? "We want to get the timing down for the later years but as far as now it starts on every route. I have to know what they are thinking and they need to know what I am thinking and what the defense is doing. That's all developing now for later." What have you seen from the young receivers? "A lot of athleticism and a lot of size and speed. They are really good. It's just going to take being comfortable with each other and knowing what each other is thinking. But that athleticism is just natural. They are all great." What has Tyler meant to your growth? "He has meant a lot. He's taught me a lot in the film room. And he goes out there and pushes me on the field. He's just like a big brother on and off the field." What have you picked up the most from him? "Really, just the swagger of being a quarterback, how to carry yourself as a quarterback on and off the field, how to lead and how to be a big-time quarterback." How much of a challenge is it to manage your emotions on the field and not let them get in the way? "It's a little bit of a challenge. I'm an excitable guy who feels the adrenalin. I feel the vibe off of it. But as a quarterback you have to relax. You can't get too excited after the last play. You have to take it one step at a time. I'm trying to do that and I think I have done a good job." When Tyler talks to us he is mister cool. Is he like that off the field as well? "No, not at all. I think he is kind of opposite that off the field. When he gets going he's a joker and a fun guy to be around. He likes to make people laugh. He dances. He tries to dance. That's just Tyler. He likes for people to be around him and he's good at that." How often have you been fishing with him? "I've never been fishing with him but I'm sure we'll go some day." Les mentioned that you threw a touchdown and Tyler was in the endzone to celebrate with you after you threw it. Do you remember that? "That was my first (passing) touchdown. And like I said he's like my big brother. He was excited for me as I was for having my first touchdown. I remember Coach Mullen asking him what he was doing because he was already in the endzone before I got off the field. That means a lot that he cares and sees me as a little brother and wants me to do good." Were you surprised to see him there? "No, I wasn't surprised; that's Tyler. That's Tyler." Has he taken you hunting? "No, we haven't been hunting. He's asked me a couple of times but we haven't been yet." Has he been to your house? "No, we haven't been to my house but I've been to his house for Easter. My house is a little far away. We are going to plan a trip." What will you guys do when he visits your home? "I'll probably show him the town, the people in the town, my family. He knows my family, so it would be the town." What did it feel like to get the boot off and not be in the chair and be yourself again? "It was good. I just have to get my feet under me and control. It's already come along this week. But to be able to move and get out there has been good. But being in the chair helped me out a lot." What do you think you need to work on going forward? "Just getting the timing with the receivers down. Them getting to know me. There is a lot to work on. I'm just trying to get better at every aspect." How much did you and the receivers work together during the summer? "We worked three to four days a week. And sometimes it was random calls. A couple of guys called me on the weekend and we got together. We have a love for the game and want to get out there and throw. We don't think of it as work because that is fun to us." Did you see improvement from the first of the summer to the end of the summer? "Oh yeah, most definitely. That comes with it. And we saw it pay off at the beginning of camp." 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