Josh Norman Named Big South Defensive Player of the Week
Nov. 7, 2011
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina senior Josh Norman has been named the Big South Defensive Player of the Week for his contributions in a 15-8 Chanticleer win over Presbyterian this past Saturday. Norman had five solo tackles, an interception, a forced fumble, a blocked field goal and a quarterback hurry.
This marks the second time this season Norman, who leads the team in tackles, has earned the league's weekly honor, becoming the first in the Big South to earn the defensive honor twice this fall.
Norman made a big play defensively in each quarter of the win.
On Presbyterian's first drive, Norman picked off a Ryan Singer pass deep in CCU territory, giving him 13 career interceptions.
With 1:35 left in the first half, Norman made a big hit on PC running back Jeremiah McKie to force a fumble, which Coastal's Matt Johnson recovered.
On the final play of the third quarter, with Coastal trailing 8-7, Norman came off the edge and blocked a 42-yard field goal attempt. The block was the fourth of Norman's career, moving him into a tie for first in the school record book.
Finally, facing third-and-eight from the CCU 14 on what would be PC's second-to-last play of the game, Norman blitzed from his corner position and forced Singer to throw the ball away.
Norman, who leads the Big South in passes defended, ranks sixth (tied ) in the nation in the category, while leading the Big South and fourth (tied) in pass breakups. Norman's 49 tackles not only lead the team, but ranks 14th in the Big South.
For his career, Norman is one pass defended from tying CCU All-American Quinton Teal for the CCU and Big South career mark. Norman has 47 career passes defended (34 pass breakups and 13 interceptions), while Teal had 48 (31 PBU and 17 INT) from 2003-06. In addition Norman ranks sixth on the NCAA career passes defended list (which the NCAA began tallying in 2000).
Coastal Carolina will close the2011 season with road games at Charleston Southern and Western Carolina. The Chants game at Charleston Southern this Saturday (Nov. 12) is set for 1:30 pm.