Norman's rushing total of 783 yards could've been greater had he not lost the starting tailback job to freshman Zac Stacy coming out of camp. Norman had no carries against LSU and just seven for 26 yards against Mississippi State before becoming the feature back. He finished 15 rushing yards shy of the Vanderbilt's freshman record held by Doster, who was tragically shot and killed after his junior season in 2004.
A 5-foot-10, 188-pound running back out of Stone Mountain, Ga., he set numerous conference and university records for all-purpose yards, including Herschel Walker’s SEC freshman record, which had stood since 1981. Norman led the SEC with an average of 161.8 all-purpose yards per game and became the first player in conference history to return three kickoffs for touchdowns in the same season. He also was the Commodores’ leading rusher with 783 yards.
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