Senior wide receiver Levi Norwood will again be featured punt returner for the Bears in 2014. (Baylor Athletics Facebook)
Senior wide receiver Levi Norwood will again be featured punt returner for the Bears in 2014. (Baylor Athletics Facebook)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Baylor senior wide receiver Levi Norwood is one of 47 players on the 2014 Paul Hornung Award watch list, the Louisville Sports Commission announced on Monday. The Hornung Award honors college football’s most versatile player.

As he did in 2013, Norwood will be counted on to start at inside receiver and serve as the Bears’ punt returner. The Midway (Texas) High School product boasts a team-high 39 career games played and 13 career starts. Norwood currently owns a 27-game reception streak and six-game TD streak heading into 2014.

Last season, Norwood earned All-Big 12 honorable mention honors as both a receiver and returner, as well as second-team All-Big 12 recognition by the San Antonio Express News as an “all-purpose” player.

He played in all 13 games, while starting six as a junior. Norwood totaled 733 yards and eight TDs on 47 receptions. He had 240 yards and two TDs on 25 punt returns, and 247 yards on 12 kickoff returns. In total Norwood amassed 1,220 all-purpose yards (93.8 per game). He set a school record with two punt return TDs on the season, one of 52 yards vs. Iowa State and one of 58 yards vs. Texas Tech.

Entering 2014, Norwood ranks seventh in punt return average (9.49 yards), tied for eighth in punt returns (51), ninth in punt return yards (484) and 17th in receiving yards (1,307) on the Baylor career charts.

Norwood, the son of Baylor associate head coach Brian Norwood, graduated in May 2014 with degree in public relations.

Norwood is one five players from the Big 12 Conference on the list.

In its fifth-season, the Hornung Award, is named for the 1956 Heisman Trophy Winner Paul Hornung of Notre Dame. Hornung went on to become a member of the College and Pro Football Hall of Fames.

To be eligible for the Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse, a candidate must be in good standing and eligible on his team, eligible with the NCAA and play significant time during most or all of the season. In addition to starting or playing significant downs on offense or defense, candidates will be measured by performance from among one or more of the following: play multiple positions on offense and/or multiple positions on defense

Play a significant role on special teams
Perform as a two-way player who starts either on offense or defense, and is used on the other side of the ball in some impactful capacity
Demonstrate an extreme, high-level of versatility at one position on a regular basis over the course of the season
Make a significant impact during big games and elevate the team’s performance through leadership displayed by excelling in multiple roles
The finalists for the award will be announced in late November with the winner being announced in early December.

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