Norwood has been a special-teams contributor since his redshirt freshman year, serving as the team’s primary punt returner for each of the last three years. He had his best year as a receiver in 2013, catching 47 passes for 733 yards (15.6 avg) and eight touchdowns. Norwood stepped up in the absence of Tevin Reese after the senior wideout injured his wrist in the Oklahoma game, catching 20 passes for 322 yards and four touchdowns in the three games Reese was sidelined. He is still very raw as a route runner, with most of his separation manufactured by Art Briles’ system. He shows excellent vision, balance, and fluidity after the catch, consistently making the first defender miss and breaking more than his share of tackles. His 9.6 yards per punt return and two touchdowns are evidence that his ability to run and elude tacklers after the catch translates into the return game as well. An expanded role as one of Bryce Petty’s primary receivers could lead to a big senior year for the younger brother of Denver Broncos wide receiver Jordan Norwood. -Jeremy Hyde, 5/15
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