Kevin Norwood Has Accomplished Much

If Kevin Norwood had begun work on his bucket list, he would have been able to check off quite a few things in the past few weeks. One of those things, unfortunately, was not the Auburn game.

Nevertheless, senior wide receiver Kevin Norwood is a member of an Alabama football team that has gone 11-1 this year, a senior class that has a record (so far) of 45-6, and has a trip coming up to his fourth consecutive bowl game, the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on January 2 against Oklahoma.

But wait! There's more!

Norwood has been elected one of the captains of the Crimson Tide, has been invited to play in the Senior Bowl (which he accepted), and has earned his degree.

Norwood and his Bama teammates returned to the practice field this week after having completed final examinations. For Norwood the completion was more far-reaching.

"I don't have to go to school for the rest of my life," he said. That's because Norwood has earned his degree. "It feels great to finally get it out of the way," he added.

The Tide senior said he had put Bama's loss at the hands of Auburn in the past. "I'm not worried about what happened a couple of weeks ago," he said. "We're focusing on what we've got to do to finish strong like we always preach. We're going out there to play our best, remind everybody who the best team is."

He said the players have talked about what they could have done to have a better outcome in the Auburn game, but added, "We know we have to move on."

Moving on means getting ready to face Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl. Norwood is aware of Sooners tradition. "It's always great to play a team that has the same tradition as us," he said. "We know they're going to bring their best game, play their best game. They have a lot of momentum from the last game they played (a come-from-behind win at Oklahoma State).

"It's going to be a lot of fun, it's going to be a physical game. We just have to bring our A-game."

When Norwood goes to the center of the field for the coin toss against the Sooners, it will be as a permanent captain along with quarterback A.J. McCarron and linebacker C.J. Mosley. The honor, being chosen by his teammates, means a lot to Norwood.

He said, "I've worked really hard on and off the field, off-season, during season, just whatever. Every year I've been here, I've worked really hard. To get that nomination from the team. It feels really great. I loved it and I basically just want to set the example for the younger guys and basically let them know that they can do whatever they want to. Just focus.

"It was definitely a surprise. I knew AJ and C.J. would get it. But me, I'm not really a vocal guy. I'm more of a go out and do type and hope people will follow me then. But AJ and C.J. and me, we really deserved it. And to get our hands print at Denny Chimes along with the legends that have been here, it's really great."

Norwood said that the bowl practice will help future Tide teams. He said when he was younger the work "definitely" helped him. "We basically do a lot of fundamental things that give us a chance to show the coaches what we can do and stuff like that in terms of helping the team out. I kept getting that opportunity and coach kept believing in me. I loved the bowl practices. It gave me an opportunity to showcase my talent. And that's what this is doing for the younger guys too.

"And the upper guys have to focus on finishing, because this is it. One more game. You won't have any college games for the rest of your life."

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