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.
Please note: Appearing on the preseason Watch List is not a requirement for a player to win the Walter Camp award or be named to the All-American team.
Walter Camp, “The Father of American football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation (www.waltercamp.org; @WalterCampFF) – a New Haven-based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.
The Walter Camp Foundation is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 678 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit www.NCFAA.org to learn more.
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Rebels on 2014 award watch lists:
Serderius Bryant – CFPA Linebacker Trophy
Evan Engram – Mackey Award, CFPA Tight End Trophy
Robert Nkemdiche - Nagurski Trophy, Outland Trophy, Lombardi Award
Cody Prewitt – Walter Camp Award, Bednarik Award, Nagurski Trophy, Thorpe Award, CFPA Defensive Back Trophy
Deterrian Shackelford - Lott IMPACT Trophy
Laquon Treadwell – Biletnikoff Award, CFPA Wide Receiver Trophy
Laremy Tunsil – Outland Trophy
Bo Wallace - Maxwell Award, O’Brien Award, CFPA Quarterback Trophy