Norwood 73rd Dog Chosen For Senior Bowl

Shortly after toting the Golden Egg back into the Mississippi State locker room, Jerious Norwood was asked what his off-season plans were. "I've got to get ready for the Senior Bowl," the record-setting Bulldog halfback said.

Norwood already knew something that is just now being formalized, as he has indeed been selected to play in the annual all-star classic. The Senior Bowl has yet to officially announce the complete rosters for the 2006 game, but Norwood has definitely made the team according to MSU officials. Over the last couple of weeks the Senior Bowl website has revealed particular selections from the Southeastern Conference and other regional programs.

The 2006 edition of the Bowl is scheduled for January 28 at Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium, with a 3:00 kickoff and national telecast on ESPN. Reporting date for players is January 22, at which date the rosters will be finalized in case of injuries, off-season surgeries, or declined invitations. The latter is rare because the Senior Bowl is a premier showcase of talent for professional scouts. Last year's game alone produced ten first-round NFL draft choices.

Norwood is coming off one of the greatest, and toughest, seasons ever for a Bulldog running back. On a team that finished 3-8, the Brandon, Miss., native rushed for 1,254 yards. It was the second-best season in MSU history, and also made Norwood only the second Bulldog to post a pair of 1,000-yard seasons. He completed his career with the most ground ever gained by a State runner at 3,222 yards.

He also set the MSU game-rushing mark with a 257-yard afternoon at Scott Field against Houston, and ended his college tenure by rolling up 204 yards in the Egg Bowl. For his 2005 heroics Norwood was named first-team All-SEC by the league coaches, and second-team by conference sportswriters.

Norwood becomes the 73rd Bulldog to play in the Senior Bowl since 1952. Last year offensive tackle David Stewart and defensive tackle Ronald Fields were selected. Norwood is the first true halfback/tailback from State to play in Mobile since J.J. Johnson in the 1999 game.

Senior Bowl practices start on January 23rd and are free and open to the public.

A couple of Norwood's teammates are also booked for post-graduate competition. Defensive end Willie Evans and cornerback Kevin Dockery have been invited to play in the Las Vegas All-American Classic, following the lead of former fullback Darnell Jones. Evans still hopes to receive an invitation to the Senior Bowl after earning first-team All-SEC honors from both the coaches and writers, and third-team All-American by Associated Press.

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