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82   D.J. Norris
D.J. Norris

Class:
RS Junior

Hometown:
Pace, FL

High School:
Pace

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 245

Position:
TE


At Florida State: Spent three years as a defensive end before making the switch to tight end this spring...will battle for playing time at tight end behind projected starter Charlie Graham, the only returning player with any previous experience...battling back from a November shoulder surgery, which was his third surgery in two years ...expected to be at 100% by the time fall practice begins...granted a medical hardship due to his injury in 2006.

2006: Granted a medical hardship after a November shoulder surgery...played in the first three games of the year versus Miami, Troy and Clemson...his shoulder, which had been operated on previously, became inflamed versus the Tigers and he did not return to the field the rest of the year...recorded his only tackle of the season in the season-opening win over the Hurricanes.

Sophomore Year (2005): Backed up starter and NFL first round draft pick Kamerion Wimbley at defensive end...more than doubled his tackle total from the 2004 season (7) with 20, including a career-high 3.5 tackles for loss...notched his season-best five tackles against The Citadel...only sack of the season was the half sack he came up with in the FSU's 35-27 win over Maryland...played in all 13 games and got his first-ever start against Clemson...missed all of spring practice due to surgery on his right shoulder which was injured during the 2004 season.

Freshman Year (2004): Played in 11 of Florida State's 12 games ...totaled seven tackles in his first season...first career appearance came against UAB as he recorded a season-high two tackles (one unassisted and one assisted) in the victory over the Blazers...both tackles were recorded as quarterback sacks...also recorded tackles in victories over Virginia, Wake Forest, Duke, Maryland and Florida...had at least one tackle in six of the nine games he played in...also recorded a quarterback hurry against Wake Forest.

2003: A redshirt season.

High School: Graduated from Pace High School in 2003...a three-star player and the No. 18 rated tight end in the nation by Rivals.com...rated one of Florida's Top 100 players by the Orlando Sentinel...named to Super 75 in the state of Florida by the Florida Times Union...also named one of the top 100 players in the state of Florida by Rivals.com...named the Player of the Year in Northwest Florida as a senior...recorded 70 tackles and eight sacks as a senior defensive end... earned all-area honors as a junior tight end after catching 12 passes for 250 yards...selected Florida State over Florida.

Personal: Born May 4, 1985...major is social science...is on schedule to graduate in December of 2007...has aspirations of being a coach once his playing days are complete.

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