Mullen, Stoops aware of other’s playmaking quarterback
Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott prepares for a matchup against Kentucky’s Patrick Towles.STARKVILLE – Dak Prescott and Patrick Towles have fond memories of their meeting last year. Mississippi State’s quarterback guided his team to Kentucky as the No. 1 team in the country. Prescott scored three touchdowns and tallied more than 300 yards of offense.“He’s a guy that’s always been a winner,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. “He’s a very good player. He’s a guy who’s very, very comfortable back there. He’s been well coached.Towles had a career-day against the Bulldogs. The Kentucky sophomore threw for 390 yards and rushed for 76 more. He finished with four touchdowns to go with 466 total yards of offense.“He lit us up last year. I think he had, I’d imagine, it’s still the best day of his career,” MSU coach Dan Mullen said. “I got to see it live and in person. He’s a guy that plays with an awful lot of confidence and swagger out there.”Both quarterbacks enter this year’s matchup ranked within the SEC’s top five in passing yards per game and completions. Prescott’s 1,700 passing yards is second behind Ole Miss’ Chad Kelly.“The biggest thing, the evolution that I’ve seen in (Prescott) is just how comfortable he is sitting in the pocket throwing the football,” Stoops said.Towles is fifth in the league with 1,512 passing yards.“(Towles) has the talent to make things happen but he’s also got the emotional leadership and that charge,” Mullen said. “He’s a fiery guy and you can really see, the team rally behinds him.”Prescott should have some of his favorite weapons back this week. Mullen said Wednesday that he expects Joe Morrow, Gabe Myles and Gus Walley to play against Kentucky.Morrow (arm) and Myles (ankle) missed the last two games. Walley returned against Louisiana after a wrist injury that held him out two weeks. The tight end left last week’s game after enduring two vicious hits to his body.The trio has combined for 22 catches for 265 yards and four touchdowns this season.“I expect everybody to play on Saturday,” Mullen said.Contact Michael Bonner at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @MikeBBonner on Twitter.