If anyone thought Dak Prescott’s performance in his first preseason game was a fluke, the former Haughton standout proved otherwise Friday night.
Prescott completed 12 of 15 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns in the Dallas Cowboys’ 41-14 victory over the Miami Dolphins at AT&T Stadium. He also scored on runs on 20 and 1 yards.
Prescott hit Dez Bryant for a 28-yard score in the second quarter. He also threw a 1-yard TD pass to Brice Butler in the third. Earlier, Prescott and Butler also connected on a 58-yard pass.
Prescott has completed 22 of 27 passes for 338 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. He has accounted for more touchdowns (six) than incompletions (five).
Prescott had a perfect 158.3 passer rating against Miami. His rating for two games is 156.4.
“I don’t really pay attention to that,” Prescott told reporters after the game. “Just coming in, just trying to work. But that’s pretty cool, I guess.”
Cowboys starter Tony Romo saw his first action of the season, leading the Cowboys to a touchdown. He played two series before giving way to Prescott.
Bryant and Romo both praised Prescott in postgame interviews with reporters.
“Man, I’ll tell you this: rookie is a name — just a name that they give you in the league,” Bryant said. “Either you can do it or you can’t. The guy is a student — give it to him. You’ve got to give it to him. He wants to learn, he wants to be good. He’s sitting behind a Hall of Famer. Give him his credit.”
Said Romo: “I’ve been very impressed with how Dak has played. It kind of reminds me a little bit of back in the day in some capacity. He’s playing great. To have depth at that position, it’s a big, big bonus. Hopefully he can continue to do that. And he’s a good kid, so you really root for him.”
The Cowboys next preseason game is Thursday against the Houston Texans in Dallas. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org