Mississippi State on Wednesday introduced a new live mascot as Jak transitions to retirement. The search for Jak’s replacement began in 2021, as university officials eventually found the Martin family.

Bully XXII, or Dak, will be the new mascot, and while he will make frequent trips to Starkville with his family, “Dak” will continue to live in his hometown of Meridian, Mississippi, on the Martins’ farm. While Dak was the smallest of his litter, his determination and perseverance despite the odds led to his selection as the future live mascot of Mississippi State.

Named after beloved former MSU and current Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, “Dak” is of royal Bulldog bloodlines, from the long and historic lineage of past MSU live mascots including “Tonka” (Bully XIX) and “Champ” (Bully XX).

“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. “We are committed to giving ‘Dak’ a balanced, happy life – and for him to enjoy his time as Bully.”

Dak will officially assume his duties at halftime of the spring game with an on-field “passing of the harness” and blessing ceremony. Jak will serve as mascot in the first half and then after the halftime ceremony, Dak will serve as mascot from that point forward.

Jak will return to the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine after the ceremony and continue to live an incredibly happy dog’s life, according to the school.