Peggy Prescott, the 52-year-old mother of Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott, passed away on Sunday morning after a lengthy battle with colon cancer.
According to Logan Lowery of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Dak was her youngest son, and Peggy is also survived by his two older brothers, Tad and Jace.
Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen said the following in a statement released by the team, according to Lowery's report:
The Mississippi State football family is completely saddened by the passing of Dak Prescott’s mom, Peggy. They shared an extraordinary mother-son relationship. We know Dak will carry on her great strength and kindness. Please pray for Dak and his family as they go through this difficult time. We also kindly ask that you please respect their privacy.
Prescott reportedly shaved his head before the season in support of his mother's battle.
A benefit called "Huddle Up For Cancer" was held on her behalf in late October, with the proceeds going toward a foundation that will help families cope with having a loved one diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Prescott, a sophomore, started 2013 as the backup to Tyler Russell, but he has been forced into action by injuries and started six of the Bulldogs' eight games.
Though Mississippi State has struggled to to win those games, Prescott has looked pretty good in that extended action, totaling just under 2,000 yards (568 on the ground) and 15 touchdowns on the year.
Not that it matters compared to what Prescott must be dealing with, but there has been no word on his availability nor timetable given for his return. Mississippi State plays at No. 15 Texas A&M on Saturday before hosting No. 1 Alabama the following week.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to Dak, Tad, Jace, the entire Prescott family and everyone involved with the Mississippi State football program.