From third string to starting quarterback, rookie Dak Prescott says he's ready to be the Cowboys signal caller to begin the season.
Tony Romo's broken back and Kellen Moore's broken leg means Prescott is taking over under center to start the 2016 season.
"I'm ready. I'm excited about it. It's an opportunity. It happened in an unfortunate way, but definitely excited for my chance and my opportunity," said Prescott.
The rookie took all of the first team offensive snaps during Sunday's practice. The season starts two weeks from now and the Cowboys haven't decided whether Prescott will play in Thursday's preseason finale.
Regardless if he needs more preseason snaps, Prescott feels the support of his teammates.
"We're going to back him up, and he's going to do the same. We're just going to keep each other lifted and go from there," said wide receiver Dez Bryant.
"He's done a good job in preseason games. So, we're excited to have him step into that roll in Tony's absense," said head coach Jason Garrett.
Romo is excepted back at some point during the season. The Cowboys don't have a timetable regarding his absence but it's significant.
"This is still his team. I'm just going to try to do my best to hold the fort down, I guess you could say, give this team a great chance to succeed each and every week," said Prescott.
Prescott will be the fourth Cowboys rookie quarterback to start the season opener, joining Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman and Quincy Carter.