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Sophomore Slump? Cowboys' Dak Prescott's QB encore has been just as good

Clarence E. Hill Jr., Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

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FRISCO, Texas -- There is playing quarterback in the NFL and there's playing quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys.

Consider what Dak Prescott has had to deal with on and off the field in his first 24 games. Sending Cowboys' all-time passing leader Tony Romo into retirement is nothing short of amazing.

In addition to navigating the quarterback controversy with Romo last season, he led the Cowboys to a 13-3 record with in his rookie season. Prescott came into 2017 facing questions about a sophomore slump and the added distraction of running back Ezekiel Elliott's legal fight with the NFL.

That's not even including the natural scrutiny that comes with playing for the Cowboys.

He deflects it all like an oncoming blitz.

"The level or the amount of attention, publicity this organization gets is obviously second to none," Prescott said. "We have to be able to focus in. I mean, we've got tours that come around (The Star) all the time. We've got all the news, good and bad, you're going to find. It's just part of it."

"Every now and then, I'll give a bark or a bird noise," joked about the fan tours that come through the team headquarters on a daily basis.

But there is no question he is the big dog in the Cowboys organization and off to a sensational start to his sophomore season.

"I feel like I'm playing well," Prescott said. "I'm seeing the field, studying, I'm preparing the right way. I'm able to go out there on Sunday and just let it go and play within myself, have fun and get all these guys the ball. It's been working."

Prescott has been so impressive in leading the Cowboys to a 5-3 record at the midpoint of the season -- with 1,818 passing yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions, along with 10 rushing touchdowns -- that owner Jerry Jones said he is playing as well as any quarterback in the league, and with poise like no other.

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