||Ole Miss’ Prewitt named to Walter Camp Award watch list
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTVA/Ole Miss Athletics) — Ole Miss’ Cody Prewitt (Bay Springs, Mississippi) has been named to the 2014 Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List, the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced Friday.
This is the fourth watch list on which Prewitt has appeared this preseason. The Rebels’ senior safety is also a candidate for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Chuck Bednarik Award, which both honor the nation's best defensive player, and the Thorpe Award, which goes to the top defensive back.
Prewitt earned first team All-America honors and was a Thorpe Award semifinalist as a free safety last year after leading the SEC and ranking among the nation's leaders with six interceptions. He has been tabbed by most of the preseason magazines to repeat as an All-American in 2014.
Florida State sophomore quarterback Jameis Winston, the 2013 Walter Camp Player of the Year award recipient, headlines the 2014 watch list. Ten players on the 2014 watch list, including Winston, have previously earned Walter Camp All-America honors.
In all, 42 schools are represented on the list with Alabama having three players. There are 33 offensive players (16 quarterbacks, 8 receivers, 7 running backs, and 2 offensive linemen) and 17 from the defensive side of the ball (7 defensive backs, 5 defensive lineman, and 5 linebackers).
“We are proud to continue the great work of Walter Camp and recognize the best college football players in the nation,” Foundation president James Monico said. “This watch list is a great start to what is shaping up to be another exciting year of college football.”
The watch list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists in mid-November. The 2014 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 125 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday, Dec. 11. The winner will then receive his trophy at the Foundation’s annual national awards banquet on Jan. 17, 2015 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.