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    Preseason Profile: Warren Norman

    WARREN NORMAN
    VANDERBILT
    RB/RS, 5-10, 190, So., Stone Mountain, Ga.

    Entering 2010
    Regarded as one of the nation’s top sophomore, coming off the most productive offensive campaign ever by a Vanderbilt freshman. Listed as a preseason All-Southeastern Conference candidate by virtually every noted publication, Norman has been recognized for his accomplishments as a running back and kickoff return specialist.

    2009
    Produced one of the finest seasons ever by a Commodore all-purpose athlete, becoming the second Vanderbilt player in history to capture SEC Freshman of the Year honors... Consensus pick as SEC's top freshman, earning recognition from coaches, Associated Press writers and Sporting News publication... Named to Freshman All-America kickoff returner by numerous outlets, including American Football Coaches Association, Rivals.com, Sporting News and Phil Steele's... Also received team's postseason Offensive Back Award... Also recognized with SEC All-Freshman running back by Sporting News... Played in every game and earned seven starting assignments, the first coming at Army... Broke two SEC records: all-purpose yardage by freshman (1,941 yards; 161.8 ypg) and total kickoff return yardage (1,050 yards)... All-purpose yardage total also broke Corey Harris' former team mark set in 1991... Also became first SEC freshman since Georgia's Herschel Walker to lead league in all-purpose yards... Matched SEC record by returning three kickoffs for touchdowns... Topped Commodores with 783 rushing yards, second highest total ever by Commodore freshman... Ranked 7th among SEC rushers... Kickoff return average (26.2 yards) ranked fourth in SEC and is a new modern-day team mark... Topped Commodores with seven total touchdowns... Also produced 108 yards and a touchdown on 19 receptions... Started season with 105-yard, 2-touchdown effort in win over Western Carolina... In victory over Rice, produced 119 rushing yards and a touchdown... Made 62 rushing yards and 76-yard touchdown return in superb effort Army that included a 80-yard touchdown rush nullified by penalty... 99-yard kickoff return at South Carolina ranks as No. 2 all-time among Commodores... Also had 266 all-purpose yards, including 80-yard kickoff return and a 11-yard touchdown catch, against Georgia Tech... Earned team's Offensive Player of the Week honor after Ole Miss and South Carolina performances, and Specialist of the Week recognition after efforts against Ole Miss, Army and South Carolina.

    High School
    Three-year starting running back for public school power east of Atlanta... As senior, rushed for 1,010 yards and 11 TDs on 131 carries for Bulldogs, and caught 10 passes for 187 yards... Had two INTs in limited defensive duty... Earned First Team All-Region 5-AAA and All-DeKalb County honors as senior... All-State as junior, after rushing for more than 1,500 yards and 28 TDs and leading squad to 12-2 record and state semifinals... Compiled more than 300 all-purpose yards and six TDs in 2007 state playoff game... Started QB as sophomore... Sprinter in track, helping 4x100-meter relay to fifth place finish at state meet as junior.

    Academics
    Norman is enrolled in the College of Arts and Science, and has not decided on a major.

    Personal
    Warren Craig Norman Jr... Born Dec. 30, 1990... Son of Esther and Warren Craig Norman Sr... Has an older sister, Tanya Underwood, and younger brother, Art, who also starts at defensive end for the Chamblee football team... Mom works as an insurance agent; dad is a truck driver... Enjoys video games.