Dak Prescott unconcerned over potential sophomore slump
Dak Prescott may have burst onto the scene out of nowhere in his rookie year to lead the Dallas Cowboys to a 13-3 record, but the 23-year-old signal-caller has no concerns whatsoever over potentially suffering a sophomore slump.
The notion of athletes being unable to duplicate a phenomenal rookie campaign has long been a much ballyhooed concept. But Prescott feels the work he’s putting in during the offseason will help him avoid a slippage in play.
“For me, it’s just continuing to work,” Prescott said Wednesday, via The Dallas News. “I know what I’ve done to get in this position. I know what it takes to continue to get better for me, so it’s just continuing to work. I don’t listen to what other people say about my game.”
To say Prescott’s surprising emergence while replacing an injured Tony Romo last season was unexpected would be an understatement. The Cowboys presumably just hoped the raw and inexperienced Prescott would simply keep the season afloat until Romo’s return. But Prescott obviously exceeded expectations, not only in play but in demonstrating leadership qualities that belied his age, and made it impossible for the Cowboys to put Romo back on the field once healthy.
In 16 games played, Prescott completed 67.8 percent of his passes, threw for 3,667 yards with 23 touchdowns to only four interceptions for a brilliant 104.9 rating.
Prescott earlier this week said the Cowboys “would be crazy” not to believe a Super Bowl berth is a legitimate possibility and a realistic goal for 2017. Given his maturation, not to mention Ezekiel Elliott’s drive to improve on a phenomenal rookie campaign in his own right, things seem to be setting up well for Dallas, the notion of potential sophomore slumps be damned.