Prewitt, (1st) Jackson (2nd) take AP honors
Ole Miss junior Cody Prewitt has been named a first team All-America safety by the Associated Press, the organization announced on Tuesday. Mississippi State senior guard Gabe Jackson, the 2013 C Spire Conerly Trophy winner, was named to the second team.
Prewitt, who was previously tabbed a first team All-American by USA Today, is the 55th first team All-America selection in Ole Miss football history and the 47th individual in program history to earn the honor. The Bay Springs, Miss., native is the first Ole Miss player to earn All-America honors from the AP since Peria Jerry and Michael Oher in 2008.
The Associated Press All-America team is one of five that are used to determine consensus All-Americans. The others are the American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News and Walter Camp Foundation. The AFCA and FWAA teams have yet to be announced.
Prewitt has also been selected to Athlon’s All-America second team and honorable mention by SI.com. He has been chosen to the All-SEC first team by the AP, SEC coaches, Sporting News, ESPN.com and College Sports Madness so far.
Prewitt has started 11 of 12 games at free safety and helped Ole Miss finish the regular season with a 7-5 record and a berth in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. Prewitt’s six interceptions lead the SEC and are tied for fourth-most by any player in the country. He leads or shares the team lead with 70 tackles, six interceptions and 13 passes defended, while he also has 4.0 TFLs and two forced fumbles.
Jackson, a 340-pound four-year starter from Liberty, did not give up a single sack over his junior and seasons. As a run blocker, he opened holes consistently. He graded out a champion (80 percent or above) in every game this past season. He is rated at or near the top at the guard position by all the NFL draft experts.