Mississippi State announces new Bully mascot named after Bulldogs legend Dak Prescott

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STARKVILLE — There will be a changing of the guard at Mississippi State football's spring game, and it has nothing to do with coach Zach Arnett getting ready for his first full season at the helm.

Mississippi State announced Wednesday it has a new official mascot in waiting. Formally known as Bully XXII, the new live English Bulldog has been named Dak in honor of Mississippi State football legend and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott.

Dak will officially take the reigns from Jak (Bully XXI) during the spring game on April 15. Jak will handover duties during a halftime "passing of the harness."

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Dak comes from a bloodline of former MSU mascots Tonka (Bully XIX) and Champ (Bully XX). Dak was born on March 1, 2021, and is owned by Julie and Bruce Martin from Meridian.

Jak will return to MSU's College of Veterinary Medicine where he will, "live an incredibly happy dog's life," per a school release. Dak will stay with the Martins in Meridian, though he'll frequent Starkville.

Dak has already attended a few MSU basketball games.

Mississippi State's mascot Bully XXII, named Dak after former MSU quarterback Dak Prescott.
Mississippi State's mascot Bully XXII, named Dak after former MSU quarterback Dak Prescott.

"We love sharing Dak with MSU's fans and friends, but we likewise want him to have some quiet time to rest and spend time with us," Bruce Martin said in the school release. "We are committed to giving Dak a balanced, happy life − and for him to enjoy his time as Bully."

Stefan Krajisnik is the Mississippi State beat writer for the Clarion Ledger. Contact him at skrajisnik@gannett.com or follow him on Twitter @skrajisnik3.

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