It has been a rough season for Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott.
With left tackle Tyron Smith dealing with injuries all season, wide receiver Dez Bryant continuing to age and running back Ezekiel Elliott having to serve a six-game suspension, Prescott was the starting quarterback of a very different team in his second NFL season. It has shown in his stats with his completion percentage, yards-per-attempt and passing touchdown total all down from last season. He has also thrown 13 interceptions compared to the 4 he threw in 2016.
This has led to the Cowboys falling from 13-3 in 2016 to not making the playoffs this season. However, Prescott has still been diligent about handling his responsibility as the face of the franchise. He fulfills all of his media obligations, and is honest when he doesn’t play well. As a result, he won the Cowboys’ Media Good Guy award, via ESPN’s Todd Archer.
A great recent example of Prescott being straight-forward with the media was after the Cowboys’ home loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, which eliminated them from the playoffs. Prescott threw 2 interceptions, and explained both of them in detail.
He said that the first interception was entirely his fault because it was a bad pass. The second interception, however, Prescott said that he needed to throw a better pass, but also basically said the ball was dropped.
Surely this award will do nothing to make Prescott feel better about this season, but it does show that at 24-years-old he is more than mature enough to handle the responsibility of being the Cowboys’ starting quarterback.