Mississippi State junior quarterback Dak Prescott will return for his senior season instead of entering the NFL draft.
According to ESPN broadcaster Brent Musburger, Prescott told him that he planned on returning to the Bulldogs in 2015 and it was announced during the Orange Bowl telecast on Wednesday.
Prescott told Sports Illustrated in October that if he’s projected as a first-round pick in the NFL Draft that he would leave school.
“One of the worst things is not going, getting injured and hurting your situation,” Prescott said. “I wouldn’t risk it if I had a chance to go first round. I’m graduating college, and my time here will be done, I’ll do exactly what I wanted to do."
Prescott emerged as a Heisman Trophy candidate until the Bulldogs' first loss, a 25-20 setback to Alabama on Nov. 15.
Prescott completed 61 percent of his passes this season for 3,449 yards, 27 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also ran for 986 yards and 14 touchdowns, while leading the Bulldogs to a 10-3 record. He passed for a season-high 453 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in the 49-34 Orange Bowl loss to Georgia Tech.
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