Considering the Ole Miss Rebels finished the regular season with the number one ranked defense in the country, this news came with little surprise. We were expecting a few names to be selected, and the Rebels that were selected as All-Americans were the right ones. These players deserved every bit of this recognition.
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CBSSports.com has selected three Landshark Rebels as national All-Americans – sophomore defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, senior cornerback Senquez Golson, and senior safety Cody Prewitt. This is the second straight season Prewitt has been named All-American. This is an amazing accomplishment, and well deserved honor for these three standout players. Let’s take a look at what impact these three have done this season to earn their All-American honors.
Robert Nkemdiche (DT), Sophomore
Two years ago, Robert Nkemdiche was the overall number one prospect coming out of high school, and was the highest rated recruit to come to Ole Miss since Eli Manning. After a year under his belt in the SEC, Nkemdiche was able to produce a very successful season, and appears to have lived up to ever bit of the hype.
He is one the most intimidating players on the Rebels’ defensive front. Just by his size, Nkemdiche puts fear into opposing quarterbacks. The scariest part is that Nkemdiche has amazing speed to back-up his size. His ability to breakthrough to put pressure on the quarterback is something that can’t be taught. Robert finished the 2014 regular season with 33 total tackles, two sacks for a loss of 19 yards, one pass breakup, and one quarterback hurry.
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Senquez Golson (CB), Senior
Senquez Golson was arguably the most impressive player on the Rebels’ defense in 2014. Golson was like glue on opposing receivers, and was always a threat when quarterbacks threw in his direction. That statement is backed up by stats. Golson led the SEC, second nationally, with nine interceptions that resulted in 126 yards returned.
Of those nine interceptions, the one that will forever be remembered is the prevention of an Alabama touchdown, and solidified a victory for the Rebels over the number one ranked team in the country. Golson also finished the 2014 regular season with 41 total tackles, 8 pass breakups, and a half of a sack.
Cody Prewitt (S), Senior
When Cody Prewitt came to Ole Miss, he was a hidden gem that no one expected to be a leader of this defense. He is now a back-to-back All-American, and that to was something that could have not been predicted three years ago. Prewitt’s talent on defense comes in the secondary, and he is known as one of the hardest hitting players on the Landshark defense. His most impacting moment of the 2014 season had to be the 70-yard pick six against Texas A&M.
Once again, Prewitt displayed his leadership this season. He finished ranked fifth on the team with 60 total tackles. Prewitt also recorded a pair of pass breakups, two interceptions, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. His leadership, dedication, and passion will be missed and hard to replace for this defense.
Congratulations to Robert Nkemdiche, Cody Prewitt, and Senquez Golson on being named All-Americans. We are very proud of their honors. For Golson and Prewitt, we wish them the best in their journey into the NFL.