Eric Norwood (born May 24, 1988) is former American football defensive end. He was most recently a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. He was a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League from 2013 to 2015. He formerly played for the University of South Carolina. During his collegiate career, he set school career records in tackles for loss (54.5) and quarterback sacks (29). With numerous conference and national honors, Norwood is one of the most decorated defensive players in SEC history and has drawn comparisons to James Harrison. Norwood was considered a top linebacker prospect for the 2010 NFL Draft; he was selected in the fourth round, 124 overall by the Carolina Panthers.
|Born:||May 24, 1988|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||241 lb (109 kg)|
|High school:||North Cobb|
|NFL Draft:||2010 / Round: 4 / Pick: 124|
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|Player stats at PFR|
|Player stats at ArenaFan.com|
High school careerEdit
Norwood arrived at South Carolina in 2006 and immediately made an impact at the Defensive End position. In 13 games as a Freshman, he recorded 30 total tackles (9.0 for loss), 7.0 sacks, and 5.0 quarterback hurries. For his efforts, Norwood was named First Team Freshman All-American and All-SEC by The Sporting News. His 7.0 sacks tied for the team-lead, while his 5.0 hurries were tops for the team.
In 2007, Norwood asserted himself as one of the most effective Defensive Ends in college football. In 12 games, he recorded 69 total tackles (19.5 for loss), 6.0 sacks, 9.0 quarterback hurries, and 3 fumble recoveries. He was named First-team All-SEC by the league's coaches and Second-team All-SEC by the Associated Press. In a Thursday night game against a top 10 Kentucky squad, led by Heisman candidate Andre Woodson, Norwood turned in one of the most dominant single-game performances in NCAA history. He returned two fumbles for touchdowns, posted 5 total tackles (all solo and 1.0 for loss), and had two pass deflections. The two touchdowns on fumble returns tied an NCAA record.
After two stellar years at defensive end, Norwood moved to Linebacker for his Junior season in 2008. The position change did not affect his performance, as he posted 75 tackles (14.5 for loss), 9.0 sacks, 9 quarterback hurries, 2 fumble recoveries, and a forced fumble. Norwood was named First-team All-SEC by both the league's coaches and Associated Press. After South Carolina's loss in the 2009 Outback Bowl, Norwood announced that he planned to enter the 2009 NFL Draft, but later changed his mind.
Norwood's decision to return for his Senior season was a beneficial one for the Gamecocks, as he helped lead the team to a 7-6 record and a PapaJohns.com Bowl appearance. In addition, Norwood broke South Carolina's all-time sack record by dropping Jevan Snead for a 5-yard loss during the Gamecocks 16-10 victory over Ole Miss. The record was previously held by defensive tackle Andrew Provence who had 26 career sacks. For the 2009 season, Norwood posted 81 tackles (11.5 for loss), 7.0 sacks, 11 quarterback hurries, 3 blocked kicks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. In October 2009, Norwood was selected to The Sporting News midseason All-American team. Following the conclusion of the 2009 regular season, Norwood was named a First-team All-American by the Associated Press and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
|Ht||Wt||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP||Wonderlic|
|6 ft 0 7⁄8 in
|4.71 s||1.58 s||2.69 s||4.23 s||7.08 s||36 1⁄2 in
|9 ft 7 in
|All values from 2010 NFL Combine|
San Jose SaberCatsEdit
On June 10, 2013, Norwood was traded by the SaberCats, along with Michael Diaz, to the Pittsburgh Power in exchange for future considerations.
Norwood played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL in the 2013 season, starting in the Grey Cup championship game. In 3 seasons in with the Ti-Cats Norwood amassed 114 tackles in 42 games. He was named an East Division All-Star following the 2014 season. Norwood tore his ACL while playing in the 2015 East Division Final, and while he was recovering he was released by the Tiger Cats on May 3 2016.
On May 8, 2016, reports said that Norwood was expected to sign with the Saskatchewan Roughriders (CFL), and he officially signed with the club the following day. His recovery took longer than anticipated and he only played in two games for the Riders in 2016. Following the season, at age 28, Norwood announced he was retiring from professional football.
- Detillier, Mike (May 30, 2009). "SEC getting better at linebacker". Houma Today.
- "Rivals.com Strongside defensive ends 2006". Rivals.com. 2006-01-30.
- Haney, Travis (2009-01-06). "Norwood decides to stay at USC". Charleston Post and Courier. Archived from the original on 2012-07-24.
- Person, Joseph (2009-09-25). "Norwood stakes his claim to history". The State. Archived from the original on 2009-09-28.
- "SN's midseason All-Americans: Defense", Sporting News, October 20, 2009, archived from the original on October 24, 2009, retrieved October 22, 2009
- Norwood Named A.P. First-team All-American
- Norwood Named First-team All-American
- NFL Draft scout
- "Ticats release Norwood; Esks drop Grigsby". TSN. 2016-05-03. Retrieved 2016-05-04.
- "Eric Norwood signs with Riders". CFL.ca. 2016-05-09. Retrieved 2016-12-07.
- "Riders' Norwood retires after four seasons". CFL.ca. 2016-12-06. Retrieved 2016-12-07.