Norwood Named SEC Offensive Player of Week

It hasn't taken long for Jerious Norwood to start collecting honors. Just one game, in fact.

Mississippi State's starting tailback has been selected the Southeastern Conference's Offensive Player of the Week, with the honor being announced mid-day Monday. Norwood received the league recognition after running for 112 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown against Tulane in State's season opener.

It was the fourth time Norwood, a junior, has gone over 100 yards. His career-high remains a 138-yard effort against Kentucky as a freshman in 2002.

Coach Sylvester Croom was pleased to hear the news Monday morning at his teleconference, but said Norwood could have had an even bigger '04 opener. "Jerious had a big night, but he missed a couple of reads that were out there. He could have gone over 200 yards if he'd hit a couple of holes exactly right, and read the blocking schemes."

Norwood had said the same thing Saturday night after the game. "I could have done better, I missed a couple of reads. And Coach Croom told me to pick my feet up, I could have still been running!"

Norwood is the first Bulldog, other than in special teams, selected SEC POTW since Korey Banks in 2001.

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