Cal Poly

Filling out some very big shoes at Montana State

Cal Poly never faced former Montana State quarterback DeNarius McGhee in person, but the Mustangs caught a lot of him on film.

McGhee ended his career as the winningest quarterback in program history, leading the Bobcats to the Big Sky Conference title and the FCS playoff quarterfinals twice each.

So, it’s even more impressive to Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh that Montana State’s new quarterback, sophomore Dakota Prukop has followed up McGhee’s starring run with eye-opening accomplishments.

“Denarius McGhee was legit,” Walsh said, “and for this guy to come in and put up the numbers he’s put up is incredible in his first year. We have a lot of respect for him as a quarterback.”

Prukop ranks second in the FCS in passing efficiency (180.2), fourth in completion percentage (68.4) and eighth in touchdown passes (17).

“He makes big plays with his feet, too,” Walsh said, “and that’s scrambling and throwing it and just scrambling.”

With 11 rushing touchdowns, Prukop ranks 11th in the country, and he already has two of the top four single-game total-offensive outputs in program history and is the only Bobcats quarterback to rush for more than 100 yards three times in a single season.

He’s had five total touchdowns four times, a feat that has only been accomplished nine times in school history.