Cody Prewitt is a USA Today all-American at safety, the publication announced yesterday. The junior out of Bay Springs, Mississippi earned the honors after leading the Southeastern Conference in interceptions with six and tying for the lead on the Rebels squad with 70 tackles. He also notched 4.0 tackles for a loss and a pair of forced fumbles on the year.
Prewitt proved this season to be an excellent tackler and has both outstanding football intellect and instincts. Had he caught just a pair or so of the roughly six or seven interceptions he didn't catch - I'm talking balls that hit him in the chest, hands, or face - he'd likely be a shoe-in for the Thorpe award and a consensus all-America selection.
This is, of course, to say that even with his flaws, Cody Prewitt is a pretty damn good footballer.
Ole Miss' last all-America selections chosen by major sports information outlets (sorry, Gridiron Gazette and Movietown News) were Michael Oher and Peria Jerry in 2008, who each made it onto a handful of all-America teams, including the Associated Press and ESPN lists.
With this selection, Prewitt becomes the 47th Ole Miss Rebel to earn all-American honors.