JACKSON, Miss. » Former Mississippi State quarterback and NFL draft prospect Dak Prescott was arrested and charged with driving under the influence early today.
The Starkville Police Department confirmed Prescott’s arrest on Twitter late Saturday night. The post said he was arrested around 12:45 a.m. and that there is “no further information from SPD in this incident.”
The 6-foot-2, 226-pound Prescott is arguably the best player in Mississippi State history, rewriting the school’s passing records and helping the program win a combined 19 games in his junior and senior seasons.
Prescott — who was popular with teammates and often praised for his character during his time at Mississippi State — is projected to be drafted anywhere between the second and fourth rounds of April’s NFL Draft.
The Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger first reported Prescott’s arrest.
Prescott went through Mississippi State’s pro day Thursday, throwing for scouts from 30 NFL teams. He said he’s been pleased with his performance during workouts, including the NFL combine, but Saturday’s arrest undeniably clouds Prescott’s reputation as a squeaky-clean leader.
“The quarterback is the face of the organization in the NFL,” Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said on Thursday. “And now they’re looking at a young guy who was the face of our organization here. He knows how to handle that pressure and knows how to carry himself.”
Prescott threw for 3,793 yards, 29 touchdowns and five interceptions last season while also running for 588 yards and 10 touchdowns.