Getting recognition

There are people that might look at Earnest Norman on paper and doubt his height or his size to play division one linebacker. He's heard all the negative talk before about that. You really have to see Norman in person or on film to really appreciate him as a player. Today, he got some very special recognition that lets him know that his talent is evident.

Earnest Norman is an All-American. Norman was informed earlier today that he has been selected to participate in the Offense-Defense All-American Game in South Carolina on January 2 played before the Sugar Bowl at 5:00 PM.

"I got the word today, actually," Norman said. "I got a call today and said I was in. This really shows that I am under-rated as a recruit and it just shows that I am capable.

"Some people don't look at me because of my height or size, but I know that I can play and this verifies it to me. It's an honor and I am still working hard to be the best player I can possibly be."

This is a great chance for Norman to get out on that national stage and make his mark. It's also a chance to go and learn from some of the people that he hopes to follow one day.

"I want to learn from the people out there, because they have all made it. There will be players there from the NFL and I want to get to that level and be in their shoes one day."

While today has been about good news, the last week or so has not been the best of times. Euless (Texas) Trinity, the nationally rated #1 team in the nation this year, was upset in the playoffs.

"It's miserable, but it was their night that night and I think that it's Allen's year. I think we could beat them if we played them again.

"They out-smarted us all night and just out-played us. It's "woulda, coulda, shoulda". I think that if we got a shot to play them again we could beat them."

Norman has seen his playing days at Trinity come to an end and he's now going to be spending his time getting ready for Lincoln. "I am going to be working out. I am going to be working on speed and footwork."

With Trinity out of the playoffs, the Nebraska staff can finally get in-home with Norman. It might get tough though with Nebraska's bowl preparations starting up, but he is in contact with two coaches at Nebraska all the time.

"No, not yet. I haven't talked to them yet. I talk to Carl and Mike a lot. They say that I can some in, work hard and I can compete. They are not guaranteeing anything."

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