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Troy Aikman is ‘really amazed’ with Cowboys rookie QB Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) has earned high praise from Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman, who won three Super Bowl titles during his career with the Cowboys.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) has earned high praise from Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman, who won three Super Bowl titles during his career with the Cowboys. AP

Consider Troy Aikman one of the early skeptics of the furor surrounding Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback sensation Dak Prescott.

It’s not that Aikman didn’t hear nice things about Prescott and didn’t expect him to play well but the Hall of Fame and three-time Super Bowl champion knows how hard is to play quarterback in NFL.

He also knows how important injured quarterback Tony Romo is to the Cowboys and he expected Prescott to struggle more than most because he was a rookie.

At least, that was Aikman’s attitude before the start of the season.

Now, two weeks into the season, coming off a 27-23 comeback victory against the Washington Redskins, Aikman is amazed with what he has seen from Prescott.

Aikman is especially impressed with Prescott’s play from the pocket, a pre-draft concern that kept him going higher than the fourth round.

“I watched him from within the pocket, which was why he was regarded as a bit of a project, and I think he showed such tremendous poise in the pocket,” Aikman said on his weekly radio hit on AM 1310 The Ticket Thursday morning. “He throws the ball with accuracy, he goes through his reads. I really like him. I’m amazed with Dak. I really am with what I have seen.”

Prescott has completed 47 of 75 passes for 519 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions in leading the Cowboys to a 1-1 mark in his first two starts.

He has set NFL record with 75 passes in the first two games of his career without an interception.

Aikman continued to gush about the fourth-round pick from Mississippi State and said he is ahead of where he was at similar points in his career.

Aikman was 0-11 as a starter as a rookie in 1989. He didn’t get his first win until the season opener in 1990. Prescott got his first win in his second ever game in comeback fashion.

“And to win that game in a close game on the road to get your first victory is really big,” Aikman said. “It took me a year from when I started my first game as a rookie before I got to experience what it was like to win a game, and for him it took all of one week. So I think there’s plenty more of those coming for Dak Prescott with the Dallas Cowboys.”

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