This jumbo-sized linebacker delivers jumbo-sized production. Norwood is South Carolina’s career leader in tackles for loss (43), and he is the SEC’s current leader in career tackles for loss and sacks (22). Norwood made a seamless transition to linebacker last season after setting a school record with 19.5 tackles for loss as a defensive end in 2007. Norwood tied an NCAA record two years ago by scoring on two fumble returns in a win over Kentucky.
Verner has good size and can run. He is solid in run support – he was second on the Bruins with 73 tackles last season – and had two interceptions and 18 pass breakups, a number that led the nation. Verner is one of two returning starters in the secondary and heads into his senior season with eight interceptions, 39 pass breakups, 207 tackles and three forced fumbles. Verner, an excellent student, is majoring in mathematics/applied science
Carter has become one of the best linebackers in the nation, but he has been overshadowed for much of his career – not just nationally but in his own city. Carter has 145 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles the past two seasons. He’s a physical presence and has good instincts. Carter played on the outside last season, but he is moving back to his more natural position of middle linebacker this season