Dak Prescott was born July 29, 1993.
After graduating Haughton High School in Louisiana, Prescott redshirted as a true freshman and then only threw 29 passes while backing up Tyler Russell in 2012.
Russell returned for his senior season in 2013, but sustained a concussion in a Week 1 loss to Oklahoma State. Prescott took over and kept the starting job. Prescott finished the 2013 season with 1,940 passing yards, 829 rushing yards and 25 total touchdowns, eventually winning the Liberty Bowl MVP trophy for his five-touchdown effort in the Bulldogs' 44-7 win over Rice.
The epic bowl game was a sign of things to come for the 6-2 quarterback. During a three-week stretch from late September to early October in 2014, the Bulldogs faced three AP top 10 teams in No. 8 LSU, No. 6 Texas A&M and No. 2 Auburn. Prescott led them to victory all three times, accounting for 11 total touchdowns and surpassing 300 total yards each time. Some of his early 2014 season highlights can be seen here:
Mississippi State started 9-0, becoming the nation's consensus No. 1 team and starting a very compelling Heisman Trophy campaign for Prescott. Although the team proceeded to lose three of its final four games, Prescott still finished eighth in the 2014 Heisman voting, finishing the season with 3,449 passing yards, 27 passing touchdowns, 11 interceptions, 986 rushing yards, 14 rushing touchdowns and even one receiving touchdown (coming at the 1:10 mark in the above video).
Prescott's totals of 4,470 offensive yards and 42 touchdowns were both the fifth highest in the nation, and both were also Mississippi State school records. Prescott was only 14 rushing yards shy of becoming the sixth Division I-A player ever to reach 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in the same season, and he was chosen to the All-SEC First Team.
After leading Mississippi State to its first 10-win season since 1999 and its first BCS Bowl appearance (playing in the Orange Bowl) since 1941, Prescott chose to return for his senior season, where he will once again start for the Bulldogs. Prescott will join TCU's Trevone Boykin and Ohio State's J.T. Barrett as the only returning quarterbacks to have received Heisman votes in 2014.