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Dak Prescott says being named the starter won’t change him

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott serves a meal as members of the Dallas Cowboys serve an early Thanksgiving lunch to the needy Nov. 14, 2016, at The Salvation Army in Fort Worth, Texas. (Special to the Star-Telegram/Andrew Buckley)
Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott serves a meal as members of the Dallas Cowboys serve an early Thanksgiving lunch to the needy Nov. 14, 2016, at The Salvation Army in Fort Worth, Texas. (Special to the Star-Telegram/Andrew Buckley) Special to the Star-Telegram

Now that he has officially been named the starting quarterback of the streaking Dallas Cowboys with a now healthy Tony Romo expected to serve as his backup for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, don’t expect rookie Dak Prescott to change.

He says he will continue to operate business as usual and go about his preparation the same as has done over first nine games of the season when he led the NFC East-leading Cowboys (8-1) to the best record in the NFL and a franchise-record tying eight-game winning streak.

“As I always said, it doesn’t affect how I go about my business, how I game plan or prepare during the week,” said Dak Prescott Monday while serving an early Thanksgiving Day meal at the Salvation Army in Fort Worth. “I’m just thankful to have the opportunity ... I’m just coming in each and every day trying to give my team a chance to win no matter what my role is.”

His role is as starting quarterback of the Cowboys.

Owner Jerry Jones gave Prescott the ultimate vote of confidence following Sunday’s 35-30 comeback victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers when he said the team would stick with the hot hand at quarterback. Jones said it was the obvious thing to do and the veteran Romo, who is finally healthy and ready to go after missing the first 9 games of the season with fractured bone in his back, is on board with the decision.

“Let me be real clear on that,” Jones said. “There is no equivocation. He is totally committed to doing the very best thing to win the game. It’s just going with the obvious. You are going with how the team is doing right now. It’s not hard. It’s hard at all. Tony would make the same decision. That’s what you do.”

While Jones said Romo will be the backup against the Ravens, coach Jason Garrett said a final determination has yet to be made. He said Romo had a good week of practice last week and he is hopeful that he can be the backup Sunday.

“We’re certainly hopeful that would happen based on what he did last week, but again we’ll take his situation day by day and hopefully he’ll have a good day on Wednesday,” Garrett said of Romo being active against the Ravens.

Tight end Jason Witten said Romo is excited to get back into the action but his main focus is on helping the team win, even in a backup role.

“It’ll be good to have Tony out there,” Witten said. “I mean his spirits are high. He’s certainly focused on doing whatever he can in any capacity to help this football team win games. And I know that he’s going to approach it that way and know what he’s all about. It’ll be good to get him out there.”

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