BILE TNIKOFF AWARD CANDIDATE
PAUL HORNUNG AWARD CANDIDATE
ALL-BIG 12 CANDIDATE
Fifth-year senior... Fluid, smooth, All-Big 12 honoree as both receiver and returner... Primary punt returner and starter at inside receiver... Projected 2014 preseason All-Big 12 by leage media and Phil Steele (first team punt returner), Lindy's (second team all-purpose), Phil Steele (second team receiver)... Set school record with two punt return TDs in 2013... Climbing BU career charts, 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) heading into 2014... 2,303 career all-purpose yards (511 shy of school's top 10 list heading into 2014)... Veteran with team-high 39 career games played and 13 career starts entering 2014 season... Boasts 27-game reception streak and six-game TD streak heading into 2014... Five-time Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll member... 2012 second-team Academic All-Big 12... Graduated in May 2014 with degree in public relations... Local product from nearby Midway High School in Hewitt, Texas... Former Penn State signee... Son of Baylor associate head coach Brian Norwood... Member of 2010-11 BU basketball squad... Traveled on mission trips with Baylor student-athletes in May 2012 (Kenya) and May 2013 (Kenya/Zambia).
2013 (Junior): Played all 13 games and started six at receiver... Named All-Big 12 as all-purpose player, receiver and returner... Set new school record with two punt return TDs... Totaled 733 yards and eight TDs on 47 receptions on season... Had 240 yards and two TDs on 25 punt returns, and 247 yards on 12 kickoff returns... Amassed 1,220 all-purpose yards (93.8 per game)... Also 1-for-1 passing for 41 yards... Eight TDs ranked in seventh-place tie on school's single-season list... Tied for second nationally (first in Big 12) with two punt return TDs... Selected second-team All-Big 12 all-purpose player by AP... Named honorable mention All-Big 12 by league coaches as both receiver and returner... Extended reception streak to 27 games with catch in all 13 games... Selected to Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in fall 2013 and spring 2014... Topped 100 all-purpose yards in five of 13 games... Over season's final six games totaled 32 receptions for 499 yards and seven TDs (had 15-234-1 in first seven games)... Made career-long 65-yard reception for TD (from Seth Russell) in win over ULM in third game... Made three receptions for 19 yards and four kick returns for 61 yards in win at Kansas State in fifth game... Scored first career punt return TD on 52-yarder (first at BU since 2005) and completed only pass attempt of season 41 yards to Jay Lee in win over Iowa State in sixth game... Totaled 104 all-purpose yards (66 on four catches, 38 on six punt returns) in win at Kansas in seventh game... Had 100 all-purpose yards, including 78 yards and TD on four receptions, in win over No. 12 Oklahoma in eighth game... Set career highs in receptions (seven), receiving yards (156), receiving TDs (two), punt return yards (68), punt return TDs (one), long punt return (58) and all-purpose yards (244) in monster effort in win vs. Texas Tech in ninth game... 244 all-purpose yards ranked sixth in BU single-game history... Scored three TDs vs. Tech, 40 and 58-yard receptions and 58-yard punt return... Named to Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll for performance vs. Tech... Had 113 all-purpose yards, including six receptions for 83 yards and TD at No. 11 Oklahoma State... Led team and matched career-high seven catches, for 83 yards and TD and totaled 124 all-purpose yards in win at TCU in 11th game... Made four receptions for 36 yards and TD (36 return yards) in historic win over No. 23 Texas that clinched Big 12 championship and school's first BCS Bowl berth... Caught TD in sixth straight game and finished with four catches for 63 yards in Fiesta Bowl vs. No. 15 UCF.
2012 (Sophomore): Played all 13 games, started seven, as sophomore in 2012... Totaled 40 receptions for 487 yards (12.2 per-catch) and one touchdown and three rushes for 20 yards and one TD on season... Ranked fourth in Big 12 with 10.4 punt return average...Returned 14 punts for 145 yards (10.4 average) and one kickoff for 21 yards... Also completed one pass for 21 yards and had five tackles... 40 receptions ranked fourth among BU's deep receiving corps... Selected to fall 2012 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll... Made reception in all 13 games... Made four receptions for 55 yards and returned season-high four punts for 49 yards, including 37-yarder, in season-opening win over SMU... Caught six passes for 55 yards and rushed for 9-yard TD in win at ULM in third game... Also threw 21-yard completion to Lanear Sampson in ULM win... Made season-long 45-yard punt return and added two receptions for 21 yards at No. 9 West Virginia in fourth game... Had two catches for 16 yards and returned season's only kickoff 21 yards at Texas in sixth game... Made six receptions for 68 yards at Iowa State in seventh game... Totaled four receptions for 43 yards and one 13-yard punt return in historic upset of No. 1 Kansas State in 10th game... Caught three passes for 55 yards including career-first TD on season-long 39-yard reception in win over Texas Tech in 11th game... Had career highs of seven receptions and 71 yards, and added 24-yard punt return in win over No. 24 Oklahoma State in 12th game... Made one 17-yard punt return and caught 10-yard pass in Holiday Bowl win over No. 17 UCLA.
2011 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in all 13 games, serving as primary punt returner and reserve inside receiver... Earned first career letter... Named to Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in fall 2011 and spring 2012... Returned total of 12 punts for 99 yards, average of 8.2 yards... Totaled six catches for 87 yards on season... Returned 11 kickoffs for total of 224 yards for average of 20.4 yards per return... Earned first-team Midseason All-Big 12 honors as punt returner by Phil Steele... Had career-long 31-yard punt return in win over Iowa State in fifth game... First-career reception went for season-long 25 yards in win over Rice in third game, added three punt returns for 28 yards... Had two catches for 23 yards and two kickoff returns for 37 yards at No. 3 Oklahoma State in seventh game... Over last three games totaled nine kickoff returns for 187 yards (20.8 average)... Made one catch for 23 yards and totaled four kickoff returns for 88 yards in Valero Alamo Bowl win over Washington.
2010 (True Freshman): Sat out first season at Baylor and participated on practice squad, redshirted to retain eligibility... Dressed for eight games but did not see any game action... Played in one game as reserve guard for men's basketball squad (played two minutes, scored one point), joined team in January following Texas Bowl.
High School: Standout receiver from local Midway High School... Released from National Letter of Intent by Penn State and signed financial aid contract with Baylor... Named 2009 first-team All-District 16-4A as senior after totaling 591 yards and four touchdowns on 42 receptions... Added 184 yards on 12 punt returns for 9-3 Midway squad... Transferred to MHS from State College Area High School in State College, Pa. following sophomore season (after father joined Baylor staff)... Did not play high school football during junior season in 2008... Played two seasons of basketball at Midway, averaged 9.0 points, 3.8 assists and 2.6 steals as senior in 2009-10.
Personal: Son of Brian and Tiffiney Norwood... Full name is Levi Alexander Norwood... Born June 16, 1992, in Richmond, Va.... Father Brian is BU associate head coach... Has three brothers -- Gabriel, Jordan, Zaccariah -- and one sister, Brianna... Brother Gabe started on George Mason's 2006 Final Four team... Brother Jordan played receiver at Penn State and currently for Cleveland Browns... Majoring in journalism, served internship with Baylor Athletic Communications office in spring 2013