Countdown to kickoff: 83

June, 10, 2012
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From now until kickoff in Arlington, Texas, we'll be counting down the days before Alabama and Michigan get the season started. Today, we move to No. 83 and what it means to UA football.

In 2011, Kevin Norwood's No. 83 jersey tended to get lost in the shuffle. The then-sophomore receiver caught just seven passes for 112 yards and no touchdowns on the year in a reserve role.

But in New Orleans on Jan. 9, Norwood gave fans something to look forward to, hauling in an inspired catch over LSU's Honey Badger, Tyrann Mathieu. He finished the game with four catches for 78 yards, far and away his most productive game of the season.

Entering his junior season, expect Norwood to have a bigger say in the offense. He'll compete with Christion Jones, DeAndrew White, Kenny Bell, and a pair of freshmen receivers for playing time.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Mississippian looked to be one of two first-team receivers during parts of the spring. That competition should continue into the fall as the Alabama coaching staff looks to formulate a depth chart.

Alex Scarborough | email

Alabama/SEC reporter

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