CCU’s Norman named FCS first team AP All-American

Coastal Carolina cornerback and 2011 Buck Buchanan Award finalist Josh Norman added to his impressive resume today by being named to the 2011 Associated Press FCS All-America first team.

Norman joins fellow Big South student-athletes and second team honorees Joe Faiella (OL, Stony Brook), Brock Jackolski (all-purpose, Stony Brook) and Justin Bethel (DB, Presbyterian) as well as third team pick Malcolm Boyd (OL, Liberty) on the AP All-America team. The five total selections to the prestigious squad are the most by the Big South since 2006, when the conference placed six on the team – including four Chanticleers (Tyler Thigpen, Jerome Simpson, Brad Poston and Quinton Teal).

Norman has previously been named to the 25-man American Football Coaches Association squad this season. He joins Thigpen as the only two Chants to be both a first team AP All-America and make the AFCA. In fact, Norman and Thigpen are just two of four Big South student-athletes to be honored accordingly, joining Gardner-Webb’s Harold Wells and Brian Johnston..

Norman is a three-time, first team All-Big South selection and was a 2009 third team All-American after shattering a Big South single-season record and ranking second in the NCAA with eight interceptions.

This past season, Norman led the Chanticleers in tackles and led the Big South in both passes defended (1.27) and pass breakups (12). Nationally, his 12 PBU ranks sixth-best, while his 1.27 passes defended ranks 10th-best. The 12 PBU was additionally a CCU single-season record and Norman’s 49 solo tackles this past season ranks fifth on the CCU seasonal chart. He was a two-time Big South Defensive Player of the Week, helping Coastal Carolina defeat VMI and Presbyterian in the process.

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