From his first game in Happy Valley to his final catch in the Rose Bowl, fans followed and debated every inch of his football life. Now that his collegiate career has come to an end, Norwood is eager to prove he can excel at the next level.
After interviewing several potential agents, he ended the process by signing with All Pro Sports and Entertainment's Peter Schaeffer.
After the Rose Bowl, Norwood spent time with his family and friends before moving to Naples, Fla., to train for the NFL Combine and draft at Velocity Sports Performance (VSP).
VSP trains its athletes to excel at every area of the combine. It devised a plan to work on areas of Norwood's game that would make him stand out at the combine. Training with athletes from around the nation, Norwood was able to get to know a variety of fellow players, including North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks.
“Being around such great athletes makes your game get better every day, but it's the friendships that you forge which makes this process easier,” Norwood said.
From days of meticulous tape breakdown of his cuts and breaks during the three-cone drill, to rigorous weight training sessions that allowed him to gain six pounds of muscle from the end of the season, Norwood was ready for one of the biggest job interviews of his life — the combine.
Norwood arrived at the combine and interviewed with at least 15 teams throughout the weekend before stepping on the field with all the other elite receivers that Sunday.
“The combine is a unique experience that I will always have with me”, Norwood said. “Going through this process has allowed me to showcase my football talent and let teams see the personal side of me.
“All I want is an opportunity to be able to show teams how I can perform,” he added.
Norwood measured in at 5-foot-11, 179 pounds. He was a top performer in the vertical jump (38 inches), the three-cone drill (6.8 seconds) and the 20-yard shuttle (4.2 seconds). His 4.57-second 40-yard dash was not quite what he expected, but he'll have a chance to improve on that at Penn State's Pro Day March. 18.
The combine was not all business, though, as Norwood was able to use the event to catch up with former teammate and receiver Deon Butler. They met nightly for dinner in Indianapolis to catch up on everything from football to their personal lives, and to start planning for the PSU Pro Day.
“It was good to catch up with Deon, he is someone who has been there every step of my career,” Norwood said. “It was nice to be around someone who knows more than just your combine numbers”
Speaking of which, Norwood has moved back to State College to prepare for the Pro Day. He is back running and training with strength coach John Thomas and speed coach Jeremy Scott.