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Mississippi State focusing on keeping Dak Prescott healthy

HOOVER, Ala. -- Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott flirted with the Heisman Trophy a season ago, amassing 4,470 yards from scrimmage and 42 total touchdowns.

Given his dual-threat ability -- 986 yards and 14 touchdowns came on the ground -- Prescott is potentially at risk for injury due to the increased number of hits he exposes himself to. Entering his senior season, Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen said Prescott has done his part to improve his injury prevention, specifically in the passing game.

Instead of hanging in the pocket and getting drilled, Mullen said Prescott has done a better job of delivering the football in much quicker fashion.

“Understanding where he wants to go with the ball in any situation, getting to the third or fourth read in a progression, knowing where his checkdown is, knowing when to hold the ball for a second and take a shot down the field, or just get it out of my hands quick and let’s worry about playing the next play,” Mullen said. “With that experience with a guy like Dak is certainly going to help us.”

Prescott will enter the 2015 season as arguably the best quarterback in the conference and could put himself back in the conversation for the Heisman Trophy if he replicates what he did a season ago.

"I have to keep doing the things that got me to this position," Prescott said. "I have to work hard, stay focused and dedicated. I want to be the best leader, the best quarterback and the best person I can be. If we do that, I think we can win a lot of games."