Dak Prescott named AP Offensive Rookie of the Year

HOUSTON — It’s not the name most were expecting.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott capped off a fascinating debut campaign by nabbing the 2016 Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award at Saturday’s NFL Honors ceremony.

The wide belief was that the award would go to Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, or perhaps a combination of both Dallas rookies. Prescott ended up receiving 28 of the 50 votes, while Elliott got 21.

Not to say that Prescott doesn’t deserve the award: quite the opposite. Drafted as an afterthought in the fourth round — behind Jared Goff, Carson Wentz, Paxton Lynch, Christian Hackenberg (!), Jacoby Brissett, Cody Kessler and Connor Cook — Prescott was thrust into the starting role in August when Tony Romo went down with a broken bone in his back.

Once fate took over, Prescott never wavered. Showing the calm of a veteran from his opening snap, the rookie dazzled viewers during a pristine…