TROPHY CLUB, Texas – Exactly a month before his team heads off to training camp, Dak Prescott could still be found on a football field – pointing, directing, encouraging, cheering and even throwing a few passes.
Now his receivers were a little smaller on this day, as the Cowboys quarterback was finishing up the CITI Dak Prescott Football ProCamp at Byron Nelson High School in Trophy Club. But the energy level was still sky-high among a group of about 600 kids, ranging from first-to-eighth grade.
Prescott had some familiar helpers out there, including running back Ezekiel Elliott on Sunday, along with wide receiver Allen Hurns on Saturday. Former NFL great and Hall of Famer Charles Haley showed up as a volunteer instructor as well.
But the camp is more than just offering football drills and techniques. Prescott said he challenged them to think of their dream and come back Sunday to tell him. The quarterback said he's heard such dreams ranging from being an NFL quarterback to an NBA superstar, to even a professional home-builder and teacher.
"Just to see myself in these kids, seeing where I was and seeing my dreams," Prescott said. "Just the ability to be out here and spend time with somebody. If I was in their shoes and got to hang out with an NFL quarterback, I would be blown away. So it's important for me to get out here, ask the kids their names and their dreams and just have fun and talk to them."
But make no mistake, Sunday's camp is fun for Prescott, but he's still got his mind on business as well. He talked briefly about the upcoming season and said he couldn't be happier with the mindset of his team as they get ready for this final month before camp.
"I like where we're headed and how we finished OTAs and minicamp," Prescott said. "I like our hunger, our youthfulness and our energy. You can see guys were excited to get back. What was good was on the last day of minicamp, guys weren't sprinting out the door. To me, that means something, and they weren't. They want to get back together at this time to get back to work and get better at ball. That's exactly what we need as a young team. We've got the right attitude."
Earlier this week, Prescott was quoted said he thinks his team might surprise some critics this year. He clarified a little, saying it's difficult for America's Team to surprise anyone.
"It's kind of hard to do that when you play for the Dallas Cowboys," Prescott said. "Obviously our expectations and our standards amongst our fans and our organization are obviously high. But you hear some stuff like, 'they don't have this player or don't have that player, we don't have a lot of well-known guys,' But that only makes our guys hungrier."