OXNARD, Calif. (TNS) — Dak Prescott’s celebrity status grows by the minute with the Dallas Cowboys.
This offseason has seen him draw thousands of kids to camps in three cities, be featured on national TV interviews, win awards and sign several endorsement deals.
It’s hard to imagine that less than a year ago Prescott simply hoped to make a favorable impression on the Cowboys as a fourth-round pick out of Mississippi State.
As a rookie going into his first training camp, Prescott found himself with limited reps behind Tony Romo and projected backup Kellen Moore. That all changed when Moore broke his ankle on Aug. 2.
Prescott finished Moore’s reps that day, took the first-team reps the following day with Romo off and hasn’t looked back since.
“It was just about stepping up,” Prescott said on Monday as the Cowboys had their first training camp practice.
“It was an opportunity that happened unfortunately and all I could think of at that moment was to just take advantage of it.”
Prescott more than took advantage of it and had convinced the team he could be the fill-in starter when Romo went down a few weeks later in Seattle. Prescott took the starting reins after that and never relinquished them.
Prescott put together one of the best seasons by a rookie quarterback in NFL history. He led the Cowboys to a 13-3 record with 3,667 passing yards, 23 touchdowns, four interceptions and a 104.9 passer rating.
Prescott believes he has a lot more room to grow, too, and spent time leading into training camp with renowned athletic trainer Tom Shaw at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
“I’m only one year in, so there’s a lot that I can get better at,” Prescott said. “There’s more reps that I’ll encounter. There’s a lot more defensive looks that will come my way. So it’s a lot that I can get better at knowledge-wise.
“I can get my footwork better. I can get better from dropping back from under the center. Better accuracy. So…