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Though recruited by some bigger schools, Josh Norman followed his All-American older brother Marrio to Coastal Carolina, signing with the Chanticleer's as a non-scholarship walk-on. Proving himself to be an immediate standout, Norman started seven of the 12 games of his freshman season and all 34 the rest of the way, earning all-conference accolades after each of his final three seasons and a All-American honors as a sophomore and senior. Norman exploded onto the scene in 2009 by shattering the Big South league record and tying for second in the country with eight interceptions. Not surprisingly teams were much more hesitant to throw the ball in his direction over the next two years. He left CCU with 196 tackles (including seven tackes for loss), 35 passes broken up and 13 interceptions over his career. Strong efforts at the East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl eased any concerns scouts may have had about Norman's ability to play with the big boys. With his length, athleticism and natural ball skills, Norman will be highly valued by press cover teams and could earn a top 75 pick -- or higher -- if he times well at the Combine.
Strengths: Long-armed press corner with size, athleticism and ball skills. Gets an effective jab on the receiver and has loose enough hips to turn and run. Good agility and balance when shadowing his target. Competitive player. Plays the ball as if it was thrown for him, showing burst back to the ball as well as good timing for the jump ball. Good hand-eye coordination. Rips the ball out of the hands of receivers as they grasp at it (35 career PBUs) and shows good hands to make the interception (13 career INTs). Possesses long arms (32.5) and can extend and snatch the ball as well as track the ball over his shoulder. Cagey. Will bait quarterbacks to throw in his direction and shows a surprising burst downhill. Alert run defender willing to take on and discard receiver blockers to get to the action. Enjoyed a strong week of practice at the East-West Shrine Game and and a late call-up to the Senior as an injury replacement, impressive in both environments... Big play artist on special teams, registering a school-record four blocked kicks...
Weaknesses: At his best in press-man coverage as he has a high backpedal and loses a step turning without a cushion. Plays with adequate speed but there are concerns about his ability to handle the truly explosive speedsters of the NFL. Makes himself vulnerable to big plays on occassion by attempting to bait the quarterback. Was arrested in October 2009 for driving with a suspended license.
Norman is a three-time, first team All-Big South selection and was a 2009 third team All-American after shattering a Big South single-season record and ranking second in the NCAA with eight interceptions. This past season, Norman led the Chanticleers in tackles and led the Big South in both passes defended (1.27) and pass breakups (12). Nationally, his 12 PBU ranks sixth-best, while his 1.27 passes defended ranks 10th-best. The 12 PBU was additionally a CCU single-season record and Norman's 49 solo tackles this past season ranks fifth on the CCU seasonal chart. He was a two-time Big South Defensive Player of the Year, helping Coastal Carolina defeat VMI and Presbyterian in the process. Norman ranks fifth (tied) on the NCAA career passes defended list with 48 and sixth (tied) on its career PBU list with 35. He is tied with Quinton Teal for the Big South and CCU all-time records for passes defended while his 35 career PBU is both a CCU and Big South record. Norman's 13 career interceptions ranks second on the CCU and Big South all-time lists, while his 196 career tackles ranks ninth in school history. Norman blocked a CCU-record four kicks, forced four fumbles to rank third on the CCU career list and his 138 solo tackles is fourth-best in school history.
First team All-Big South selection. Norman ranked fifth on the team in tackles and was third in the Big South in passes broken up with nine, marking the third straight year Norman has produced at least seven PBU in a season. He blocked a field goal in the Delaware State game, which was returned by a teammate 94 yards for a TD. Late in the year, he had a huge game in the Liberty win, getting 12 tackles and two key PBU (one on fourth-and-one in the endzone, both covering All-American Chris Summers). Norman then led the team with eight tackles in the season finale. He started the season with a big game at West Virginia, getting six tackles, including a TFL and forcing a fumble near the goal line to give CCU the ball.
Charged with driving with a suspended license in October, reportedly due to another family member not paying a parking ticket assigned to his car. Named third team All-American by the Associated Press and made the College Sporting News' "Fabulous Fifty" All-American team Earned first team All-Big South Shattered the league record and tied for second in the nation in interceptions with eight Ranked third in interceptions per game nationally at 0.73 per game Also led the league with 15 pass breakups and tied for eighth nationally at 1.36 per contest Ranked sixth on the team with 35 tackles, leading the team with two blocked kicks Tied for 18th in the league among defensive backs and 40th overall in the Big South in tackles Earned Big South Defensive Player of the Week and National Defensive Player of the Week from two publications after tying a Big South record with three interceptions in a game, a win over Gardner-Webb Also had a PBU versus the Runnin' Bulldogs Had a season-high six tackles on three separate occasions (at Kent State, at Stony Brook, at Clemson), while also having a pair of interceptions to go with five tackles at Towson Added two PBU versus Stony Brook, duplicating the feat versus Presbyterian Blocked kicks versus Kent State and VMI.
Played in all 12 games as a true freshman, getting the start in seven of them ... Had 26 solo and 35 total tackles, tying for ninth most tackles on the team ... Ranked fifth in the Big South with nine passes defended, including a pair of interceptions ... Had four tackles, all solos in his first collegiate game at Penn State ... Earned Big South Freshman of the Week honors after he recorded a season-high seven tackles (six solo) along with one interception and one pass breakup in the win at Presbyterian ... Also had seven tackles against Charleston Southern ... Had his first collegiate interception in the win at North Carolina A&T ... Recorded six tackles, including three solos, against Liberty... Had at least one tackle in 11 of the 12 games.
Named All-State as well as being selected to play in the North-South All-Star Game on the defensive side of the ball ... Was also named to the All-Lakeland Region 4A Offense ... Also was a member of the basketball, baseball and track teams throughout high school.
Son of Roy and Sandra Norman.
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04/23/16 - CB Josh Norman was signed by the Redskins late in the day Friday (April 22).
The team did not disclose terms of the contract, but multiple reports indicated it was a five-year, $75 million deal that will make Norman the highest-paid player at his position in the NFL.
Norman tweeted "#Hail" on Friday evening. The Redskins posted a picture on Twitter of Norman signing his contract. "Pen to paper! CB Josh Norman (@J_No24) has officially signed with the #Redskins," the team tweeted.
The New Orleans Saints were making a strong push to land Norman and were reported to be one of Norman's two final choices. The Jacksonville Jaguars also were one of the other teams pursuing him.
The 28-year-old Norman was flown by private jet to Washington by the Redskins on Friday and, according to ESPN, he was accompanied by his mother and several family members. Before leaving after the all-day visit, Norman accepted the team's offer, which reportedly included $50 million guaranteed.
Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said Friday he had contacted representatives for Norman, who became available on the open market when the Carolina Panthers rescinded his franchise tag on Wednesday.
Norman reportedly heard from about 10 NFL teams.
Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman pulled the plug when contract negotiations fell apart and Norman found little interest after the Panthers granted him permission to seek a trade.
Gettleman said Thursday at his pre-draft press conference that $13.9 million was just too much, and that the Panthers came to that realization through a series of staff meetings.
Norman, entering his fifth season in the NFL, finished 2015 with a career-best four interceptions and was named to the Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro. He also had 56 tackles, 16 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries while gaining acclaim as one of the league's best cornerbacks.
In his first four seasons with the Panthers, Norman started
04/20/16 - CB Josh Norman had his franchise rescinded by the Panthers Wednesday (April 20) making him an unrestricted free agent.
The Panthers made the surprising announcement in an afternoon news release.
"After a number of conversations with Josh's agent, we realized that a long-term deal was not attainable," Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said. "We have decided to rescind the franchise tag, freeing Josh to immediately become a UFA. We thank Josh for all his contributions and truly wish him well."
The 28-year-old Norman, entering his fifth season in the NFL, finished 2015 with a career-best four interceptions and was named to the Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro. He also had 56 tackles, 16 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries while gaining acclaim as one of the league's best cornerbacks.
In his first four seasons with the Panthers, Norman started 38 of 53 regular-season games and accumulated seven interceptions, 172 tackles, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 35 passes defensed.
Norman, selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, was the sixth player in Panthers history to have the franchise tag put on him. The last was defensive end Greg Hardy in 2014.
03/01/16 - CB Josh Norman received the franchise tag from the Panthers, a one-year tender worth $13.95 million in 2016. The Panthers and Norman can still negotiate a long-term contract and have until July 15 to reach an agreement. Norman had a career-best four interceptions last season for a Carolina team that reached the Super Bowl before losing to the Denver Broncos.
03/01/16 - CB Josh Norman had the franchise tag applied by the Panthers Tuesday (March 1), a one-year tender worth $13.952 million in 2016. The Panthers and Norman can still negotiate a long-term contract and have until July 15 to reach an agreement.
"Josh has worked hard to develop himself into a very good player," general manager Dave Gettleman said Tuesday. "We appreciate the role he plays for us in our defense and we look forward to having him back for the 2016 season."
Norman, 28, has expressed that he wants to be one of the top-paid cornerbacks in the NFL.
Norman had a career-best four interceptions last season for a Carolina team that reached the Super Bowl before losing to the Denver Broncos. Norman returned two of his interceptions for touchdowns and has seven interceptions in four NFL seasons.
"I'm excited that Josh will be back with the Panthers next season," Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said. "He played very well for us this year and was a big part of the success we enjoyed as a team."
The 2012 fifth-round pick from Coastal Carolina emerged as a surprise standout for the Panthers after being lightly regarded coming out of college. He turns 29 during the 2016 season.
01/03/16 - CB Josh Norman has been in the spotlight for some of his antics on the field the past couple of weeks, particularly with his confrontations with New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. He's often a trash talker on the field, but he's apparently a good talker off the field, too. He received the team's Tom Berry Good Guy Award that goes annually to a player most helpful to the media.