STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Quarterback Dak Prescott's breakout sophomore season produced some impressive moments last fall, including 13 touchdown runs, 10 touchdown passes and a comeback win over a bitter in-state rival.
It also produced some rapidly skyrocketing expectations.
The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Prescott leads a Mississippi State team that's expected to be competitive in the Southeastern Conference's brutal Western Division. The team reported to campus on Wednesday and its opener is on Aug. 30 at home against Southern Mississippi.
Coach Dan Mullen has turned the Bulldogs into a consistent winner during his six seasons in Starkville, including four straight postseason appearances over the past four years.
Now with 18 starters returning, Mississippi State hopes to compete with powerhouse programs like Alabama, Auburn and LSU at the top of the SEC West.