Prewitt Named To Thorpe Award Watch List

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Cody Prewitt (photo by Joshua McCoy)

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Cody Prewitt (photo by Joshua McCoy)
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July 11, 2014

2014 Jim Thorpe Award Preseason Watch List

OKLAHOMA CITY - Ole Miss senior safety Cody Prewitt has been named to yet another preseason award watch list, as the Jim Thorpe Award released its 2014 list Friday.

This is the third watch list on which Prewitt has appeared this preseason. He is also a candidate for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Chuck Bednarik Award, which both honor the nation's best defensive player.

Prewitt was a Thorpe Award semifinalist last year when he earned first team All-America honors as a free safety after leading the SEC and ranking among the nation's leaders with six interceptions. The Bay Springs, Mississippi, native has been tabbed by most of the preseason magazines to repeat as an All-American in 2014.

The Jim Thorpe Award, which goes to the nation's best defensive back, was established in 1986 and is named after history's greatest all-around athlete, Jim Thorpe. Thorpe excelled as a running back, passer and kicker on the offensive side of the ball, but also stood out as a defensive back. In addition to his legendary performance on the football field, Thorpe played professional baseball and won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon.

The Jim Thorpe Award watch list is chosen by a screening committee who compile a list of 30-50 players. The list is not final, and players who have outstanding seasons are added as the season progresses. The Thorpe Award Winner is selected from three finalists and will be announced at The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 on ESPN.

The Jim Thorpe Award Banquet will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 in Oklahoma City.

The Jim Thorpe Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 699 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit www.NCFAA.org to learn more.

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