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21 Lester Norwood
  • Free Safety
  • 6-2, 189
  • Senior, 4L
  • Marietta, Ga (Wheeler HS)

A redshirt senior...An experienced defensive back who has been a leader on the defense over his Gator career...

CAREER: Has seen action in 46 career games with seven starts...Has been on the field for a total of 1,154 plays...Registered 63 career tackles, along with 21 special teams tackles and three "Big Plays" (two pass deflections and one fumble recovery)...

2002: Backup at free safety...Also saw action on the kickoff coverage and punt block teams...Played in all 13 games with one start for 287 plays...Credited with five special teams tackles...Had two tackles in the season-opener vs. UAB...Made five tackles vs. LSU...Started against Auburn in place of an injured Todd Johnson...Made a career-high 11 tackles and a fumble recovery vs. Auburn...

2001: Suffered a neck injury during fall drills and missed the entire 2001 season...

2000: Backup at free safety...Played in nine of 12 games on the season (all but Mississippi State, LSU and Auburn) and was in on 111 plays...Four solo tackles and deflected a pass...

1999: The starter at free safety in the first five games (Western Michigan, UCF, Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama) and played in all 12 games for 522 plays...Also played in the Citrus Bowl...23 tackles (15 solo) on the season with two "Big Plays" (two pass deflections) and nine special teams tackles...Nine special teams tackles tied for third-best on the team...Finished with five tackles (four solo) in season-opener vs. Western Michigan...Against Tennessee, finished with seven tackles (five solo)...One tackle and two pass deflections vs. Kentucky...Five tackles (three solo) against Alabama...Four special teams tackles vs. Auburn...Four tackles (three solo) and one special teams tackle in the SEC Championship game against Alabama...Received the squad's Most Improved Defensive Back Award during spring...

1998: A backup at free safety who played in all 11 regular season games with one start (The Citadel) for 256 plays...Also played in the Orange Bowl...20 tackles on the year and seven special teams tackles...In starting vs. The Citadel, he became just the second true freshman in the Steve Spurrier era to play in a season-opener as a starter and the first on the defensive side of the ball, and the first true freshman to start in the secondary (at any point in the season) since Larry Kennedy in 1991...Second on the team with eight tackles (seven solo) in opener vs. The Citadel...

PREP: A standout prep defensive back from Georgia who gained All-America recognition...National Bluechips Recruiting Service ranked him among the top five prospects in the country at strong safety and named him to its Bluechips All-America Team...Received SuperPrep All-America honors and that publication ranked him among the top 25 DB prospects in the nation...That publication also ranked him among the top eight players in the state of Georgia...Named to National Recruiting Advisor's All-America Team and that publication ranked him among the top three strong safety prospects in the nation...Named to Georgia's Super Seniors Team...Had 78 tackles and seven interceptions as a senior in 1997 after registering 70 tackles as a junior...High school coach Mike Donnalley...Also visited Florida State and Georgia...Personal: Born Lester Norwood III on August 23, 1980 in Atlanta, Georgia...Parents: Lester Norwood II and Frances McKinnon ...Favorite actor is Denzel Washington...

Major: Statistics.


CAREER STATISTICS
YEAR UT-AT TT TBL QBS FH FF FR PD INT
1998 13-7 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 15-8 23 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2000 4-1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 5-10 15 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Totals 37-26 63 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
SPECIAL TEAMS TACKLES
UT AT TT
2 3 5

CAREER HIGHS:
Total Tackles: 11 (Auburn, 2002)
QB Sacks: --
Forced Fumbles: --
Interceptions: --
Big Plays: --

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