Beyond The Trophy: Levi Norwood, Baylor University

Levi Norwood, Isaiah Newsome

Baylor wide receiver Levi Norwood (42) catches a touchdown pass against Louisiana-Monroe safety Isaiah Newsome (1) in the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Jerry Larson) 09232013xSPORTS

Name: Levi Norwood

College: Baylor University

Height, weight, class, position: 6-2, 200, senior, wide receiver

High School: Midway HS in Waco, Texas

About Levi Norwood: Has made a name for himself in Waco as a dynamic punt returner and inside receiver for the high-powered Bears. In 2013 was an All-Big 12 selection after amassing 1,220 all-purpose yards and eight touchdowns for a team that won the conference title. Norwood is the President of the Baylor Chapter and graduated with a degree in public relations in May, and did an internship in the athletic department in 2013. A preseason A preseason All-Big 12 pick as a punt returner by the league media, Norwood was also on the preseason Biletnikoff Watch List for wide receivers. Norwood, who is approaching 100 career receptions for the Bears, played on the BU basketball team in 2011-12 and has been on two international mission trips with Baylor student-athletes.

As a player, what is your favorite part of the game day experience at your home stadium?

NORWOOD: Our “March of the Bears” before each game when we get off the bus and our fans greet us walking to the stadium. With our new stadium right on the Brazos River, there are people in boats and crowded onto bridges just to see us walk in. It’s a pretty cool experience.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes, and what, if anything, has this experience done for you?

NORWOOD: Growing up in State College, I saw the impact that it had at Penn State. I developed a relationship with the Burks family and when I found out Jacoby’s disease was a rare one, my teammates and I wanted to start a chapter.

What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?

NORWOOD: My whole experience at Baylor has been memorable. Seeing the program going from 14straight losing seasons to being a part of a Heisman Trophy winner, a Big 12 Championship, and a new stadium, its all been amazing.

What is the toughest team you’ve faced or regularly play, and what makes them so difficult?

NORWOOD: A few tough teams are Oklahoma, Texas, and Oklahoma State. Those are some traditional powerhouse teams so, they always have some of the top players in the country and makes for some tough games.

What is your chosen major, and what if anything have you used from that major as a contribution to your Uplifting Athletes Chapter?

NORWOOD: I graduated this past May with a Public Relations degree. With that getting help from our communications department is a little easier since I am able to understand how they operate from a public relations standpoint.

Besides one of your teammates, name a college football player you enjoy watching?

NORWOOD: I’ve always been a Penn State fan so I’ve been watching Christian Hackenberg and their receivers up there. Hackenberg kind of reminds me of our quarterback, Bryce Petty.

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

NORWOOD: My big brother, Jordan Norwood. As a smaller receiver he has always been an underdog, buthis faith has always pushed him through any injury or roster cut and kept him in the NFL for a long time.

What is your favorite road stadium to play in and why?

NORWOOD: Each year we play Texas Tech in Cowboy Stadium. That stadium is like none other, and the games are usually pretty high scoring.

In your words, what are some of the things you are looking for in life after football?

NORWOOD: I look forward to having more free time. More time to get into things like photography and traveling to different parts of the world.

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