Ole Miss junior Safety Cody Prewitt got the news he had been selected Associated Press (AP) first team All-American Tuesday before bowl practice. It still hadn't quite sunk in after practice when he spoke with the media.

"This is really cool," said Prewitt, obviously at a loss for the right words at the moment. "To be honored like this for the work you've done really your whole life playing a game you love is cool.

"To know people recognize the hard work you've put in is pretty special."

But it really hadn't sunk in at the time of the interview.

"My high school coach called me right before this practice and told me and I didn't know what to think except it's an honor that I am proud of," he stated. "It's very humbling."

Prewitt, who had recently also been named First-Team All-SEC, said he had not given individual recognition much thought after the season.

"Really, I am not the kind of person who looks at my stats or stuff like that," he stated. "I just take it one week at a time. I blow that stuff off until the season is over and then I kind of sit down and look at everything and analyze what I've done."

Prewitt did not have garish numbers during the 2013 regular season, but he was more than efficient and his consistency was at an extremely high level.

Prewitt tied for the team lead with OLB Serderius Bryant in tackles with 70, he intercepted six passes with 52 yards in returns, he had four tackles for losses, he broke up seven passes and he forced two fumbles.

"It's all about experience. This is my third year playing and everything has slowed down," he continued. "It feels like I'm playing in high school again. That's the speed I'm playing at right now. I'm very comfortable now and can play at a really high speed because of my experience.

"I'm very relaxed out there because the field feels like home. I'm relaxed and know what I am doing."

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Prewitt has developed a one-play-at-a-time approach to football and life.

"In my eyes, when you look at the big picture, that's when you can get overwhelmed. Like a game, if you look at 80 plays, that can be overwhelming," he explained. "That's 80 chances to mess up if you are looking at the whole game, but if you break it down to one play at a time, you have six seconds here and six seconds there to break things down into the simplest form and you can be confident in what you do.

"I apply that to everything. If you just take everything day by day and take care of your business on a daily basis, you don't get overwhelmed by the big picture."

Looking to the future, some casual observers have felt Prewitt would be best-suited for a linebacker position. While he "loves" safety, he would not object to that kind of thinking if his team needed it.

"I'd be comfortable at linebacker. It would be cool to be down there in the box where all the action is," he said. "I love safety, I love the position, but if I were needed to play linebacker, I would be very open to it."

Prewitt is eligible to enter the NFL draft, but so far he hasn't given it much thought, he said.

"I'm just trying to complete this season on a high note for my team and then I will look at those kinds of options," he stated. "Right now, I haven't thought about staying or leaving."

First things first - the Georgia Tech triple option attack.

"It's all about keys. You have to know where you fit. If one person fits the wrong gap or goes outside when they are supposed to be inside, they are going to gash you. The trick is to not get caught up in all the movement they show you. Watch your key and know where to fit," he explained.

Prewitt is currently an observer in practice after breaking his nose last week in an accident, but he believes he will be ready for the Music City Bowl December 30th.

"Playing the triple option is not complicated. I have been watching a lot of field and watching at practice. I'll be able to play fast," he closed. "It will be a physical game. I look forward to it."

For the first time, however, Cody Prewitt will not just be another safety.

He will be Cody Prewitt: All-American.

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