October 26, 2013

Prescott and Lewis Becoming Bulldogs Threats

It's no secret to those watching Mississippi State football games here lately. There are two players on the field that strike fear and respect into the opposing defense and that's quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Jameon Lewis. The dynamic duo have combined for 24 touchdowns between them with most of those coming from one to the other on a pass play. Two of which have gone from Lewis' hands to Prescott for six.

"We worked on that during practice in the bye week and I was just thankful that coach gave me another opportunity to run it. We talked about it and Dak came up with the play," Lewis said of his second touchdown pass of his career and season. "I don't know what they seen, but I just waited patiently because I knew that it was going to be a touchdown. We had another one in but we didn't run it. I'm just glad we called it and glad we executed."

Lewis has become an all-purpose machine, a well-tuned, robotic type playmaker with moves that will break a casual defender's ankles if he doesn't guess the right way that Lewis chooses to step or spin. Far from ordinary, the talented junior receiver isn't afraid to make multiple types of plays and he sure doesn't feel uncomfortable throwing the pigskin around instead of catching it.

"It feels natural because I played quarterback in high school. Throwing the ball is no problem with me," Lewis said. "Catching the ball, I've just been playing football my whole life so I just try to utilize everything to the best of my ability. Whatever I do on the field, it doesn't surprise me because I've been playing football for a long time. Every time I step on the field and the play call is going to me, I know that I'm going to make the play and execute."

There is no one happier to have Lewis at his disposal than his quarterback Prescott. The two were meant to be together. Prescott knows his every cut and move before he does it and the ball is usually right on time for Lewis to make the play. He sees the bright future that #4 has awaiting him.

"He's a guy that makes people miss," Prescott said. "He's good in space and when he gets the ball the defense has trouble containing him. He's a guy that we try to get the ball to."

Then again, I can't imagine that there's anyone that loves having Dak at his own disposal than Lewis. The thing that is exciting the two as well as others that watch the young team grow every week is that Prescott is becoming more of that threat in the pocket.

"What I saw from Dak tonight was what I see from him every day. Whether it's in practice or a game, he's going to go all out," Lewis remarked about his quarterback. "There wasn't anything different it was just Dak being Dak. He's improved a lot. He knows his weakness and he's going to attack his weakness. He works hard during the season and the offseason and he's just going to work until he gets it right."

Prescott had a nice night on the ground Thursday carrying 16 times for 70 yards, but it was through the air that he showed that he's starting to branch his offensive threat out to more than just a read-option style. The sophomore threw for 268 yards on 23-34 passing with two touchdowns and no interceptions, all career highs.

"That comes from my offensive line. They're working their butts off and protecting up front. My receivers are getting open so that all comes from my teammates," Prescott said of his improvement. "I did alright. There's a lot of things that I need to do better and I should have done out there on the field. Together, as a team, we got the win."

It was a solid offensive performance no doubt, but the Bulldogs continued to struggle putting points on the board in the second half. MSU has managed just 10 points in the last three games in the second half and it doesn't seem to be improving much any time soon. Lewis said that the Wildcats made adjustments and got stops.

"The second half, the guys saw what we were doing and tried to change up the defensive scheme," Lewis said of the second half adjustments. "It started working, but as long as we got that W that's all that matters."

A win is all that matters in the overall grand scheme of things and Mullen and his team will take that with open arms. Prescott knows there are things to improve on, but he understands that you've got to start somewhere and this was a big dose of confidence for he and his squad.

"It was big. It was our first SEC win and something that we needed," Prescott said. "It was confidence regardless if it was close or not. It was a good team win."

So now MSU moves on to the roughest part of the schedule. The Bulldogs make the trek to Columbia, South Carolina and College Station, Texas in consecutive weeks. For Lewis and Prescott, they will have to be on top of their games. Lewis is now settling in to his playmaking spot for the duration. He's comfortable.

"I'm relaxed because now I feel like I'm the guy and I've been patiently waiting," Lewis said. "Now that I'm the guy, I've just got to take advantage of the opportunity when my number is called."

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