Sophomore safety Cody Prewitt said he’s been waiting for the Egg Bowl for just under 365 days now.
Ole Miss safety Cody Prewitt
A native of Bay Springs, Miss., Prewitt said he realizes the magnitude of playing against Mississippi State and he feels the Ole Miss Rebels will be up for what is sure to be a difficult challenge.
“We’ve been waiting for this game all season and we’re ready to play. It means everything to me,” Prewitt said Monday following the Rebels’ practice. “It’s pride, it’s dignity. It just means so much.”
Prewitt said he remembers last season’s 31-3 loss to the Bulldogs well. In fact, he said he probably remembers a little too much about it.
While Prewitt said the team’s motto has been to take one game at a time, he admits last year’s loss still bounces around in his mind.
“I tried putting it in the past, but it still hangs back there. I’m ready to do something about it,” Prewitt explained. “This game has been on my mind all season.”
He said the Rebels have started to build confidence throughout the season and he doesn’t feel that will change this Saturday.
Looking back, Prewitt believes the team should have two or three more victories than they do. Yet, he is proud of the way the team continues to respond to tough losses.
He feels his teammates have done an excellent job of film study after every loss. He said the Rebels ability to “fix mistakes” has been critical in their turnaround.
Actually, Prewitt said this year’s Ole Miss football team doesn’t look anything like the one that bused to Starkville a year ago. He said the Rebels will give every ounce of energy and passion Saturday against Mississippi State.
“There’s no comparison. There’s no doubt in my mind that when we come out Saturday that we’re going to be ready to play,” he related.
According to Prewitt, the 2012 football season has been a learning experience. As a freshman, Prewitt played in all 12 games for Ole Miss, but only started four.
He said it took some time, but he’s really started to adjust to the fact that most of the players on defense look to him for guidance.
“The first of the year I was really trying to establish myself as the quarterback of the defense. I really know it now,” he said. “I know it like the back of my hand, and I feel like the defense looks up to me and I love the pressure.”
At 6 p.m. on Saturday, Prewitt will try leading his team to its first victory over the Bulldogs since 2008.
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