Quarterback AJ McCarron completed 17 of 29 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns without throwing an interception on Saturday, connecting six times for 178 yards and one touchdown to wide receiver Amari Cooper
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2012 (JUNIOR): Stepped up as one of Alabama's go-to receivers while playing in 13 games, with 11 starts ... finished second on the team with 29 receptions for 461 yards and four touchdowns ... averaged 15.9 yards per catch and 35.5 yards per game ... 24 of his 29 receptions converted first downs (82.8 percent) ... had 11 "explosive" receptions (15-plus yards) ... earned offensive player of the week honors following the Western Kentucky and LSU games. Michigan: Caught three passes for 53 yards, including a grab of 28 ... all three receptions went for first downs. Western Kentucky: Caught a career-best two touchdowns on throws of 33 and 12 yards ... finished with three grabs for a career-best 92 yards ... all three catches went for first downs. Arkansas: Caught one pass for 14 yards. Florida Atlantic: Saw limited playing time due to a slight injury. Mississippi: Caught two passes for 20 yards with a long reception of 17. Missouri: Made three receptions for 25 yards, including a long catch of 15. Tennessee: Caught two passes for 43 yards with a long of 35 yards ... both passes converted first downs for the Tide. Mississippi State: Made one reception for a 14-yard first down, on a perfect deep-out route. LSU: Picked up where he left off in the BCS game against the Tigers, catching a team-best and career-high five passes for 62 yards (long of 18) ... caught three straight passes -- 18, 15 and 11 yards -- on the winning drive, all for first downs ... four of his receptions converted first downs and three went for 15 yards or more. Texas A&M: Caught one pass for seven-yards first down, before being slowed by an injury. Western Carolina: Missed the game for precautionary reasons. Auburn: Equaled his career high with five receptions and two touchdowns (65 receiving yards) ... his touchdown catches were seven and 38 yards ... had four catches that converted first downs and two explosive catches of at least 15 yards. Georgia: Started his 10th game of the year but did not have a catch in the SEC title game. Notre Dame: Again played his best on the biggest stage, registering three catches for 66 yards in a 42-14 victory over the Fighting Irish in the BCS National Championship Game ... all three catches converted first downs for Alabama and two were explosive plays of 15 yards or more, including a long of 29 yards ... in two national title game appearances, he has caught seven passes for 144 yards. Notre Dame:Again played his best on the biggest stage, registering three catches for 66 yards in a 42-14 victory over the Fighting Irish in the BCS National Championship Game ... all three catches converted first downs for Alabama and two were explosive plays of 15 yards or more, including a long of 29 yards ... in two national title game appearances, he has caught seven passes for 144 yards.
2011 (SOPHOMORE): Norwood was a regular in the rotation at wide receiver ... played in 11 games and finished with 11 receptions for 190 yards ... 10 of his 11 catches converted first downs for the Alabama offense ... had a breakout game in the BCS National Championship Game with four grabs for 78 yards. Kent State: Caught one pass for five yards. Penn State: Once again turned in an impressive performance against the No. 23 Nittany Lions ... had three catches that all went for first downs ... accounted for 30 receiving yards in 2011 after hauling in his first touchdown a year ago in Tuscaloosa against PSU. North Texas: Sat out due to injury. Mississippi State: Was named one of the Offensive Players of the Week by the Alabama coaching staff ... hauled in two passes for a career-high 60 yards with a long reception of 38 yards. Georgia Southern: Caught one pass for 22 yards. LSU (BCS National Championship Game): Produced a career game against the Tigers with four receptions for 78 yards ... both totals were career bests ... all four catches went for Alabama first downs.
2010 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Norwood played in all 13 games and hauled in three catches for 56 yards and a touchdown. San Jose State: Came off the bench but did not record any statistics. Penn State: Hauled in his first career catch which went for a 36-yard touchdown against the No. 18 Nittany Lions. Duke: Came off the bench but did not tally a catch. Arkansas: Came off the bench but did not haul in a pass. Georgia State: Hauled in two passes for 20 yards, including a long reception of 15 yards.
2009 (REDSHIRT): Was redshirted as a true freshman.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: The Crimson Tide picked up an outstanding receiver prospect from Mississippi in D'Iberville-product Kevin Norwood ... was a two-way threat in high school and the nation's No. 22 wide receiver by Rivals.com ... also a member of the Rivals250, Mississippi's No. 5 prospect and the nation's No. 3 deep threat by Rivals.com ... Scout.com's No. 44 wide receiver prospect and the No. 65 wide out by ESPNU ... rated No. 69 by The Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... on The Orlando Sentinel All-Southern team ... earned the Sun Herald's South Mississippi Defensive Player of the Year and was also named Mr. South Mississippi Football ... a first-team All-State selection by The Jackson Clarion-Ledger... SuperPrep magazine's No. 16 player in Mississippi ... caught 64 passes for 1,100 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior to go along with 10 interceptions ... hauled in 33 receptions for 668 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior in 2007 ... coached by Buddy Singleton ... chose Alabama over Auburn, Mississippi, Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi.