Dorsey Norris Pre-Draft Interview

Dorsey Norris (#6) was a defensive back for the University of North Alabama. Norris attended Radford High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. In high school, Norris played quarterback, receiver, cornerback, free safety, and returned punts. In both 2011 and 2012 Norris was honored as All-Conference and All-State. As well as Defensive Player of the Year in 2012. Norris also lettered in basketball all four years of high school. Norris transferred to North Alabama after two seasons at Southwestern College in California. In 2014 he earned All-Conference and Best Defensive Player.
Norris had a very successful career throughout his time playing in the Gulf South Conference. Over the course of his career at North Alabama, he had a total of 126 tackles (77 solo, and 49 assisted), 4 pass deflections, 2 forced fumbles, and 4 interceptions. Norris explained some takeaways from playing at North Alabama including moving past mistakes. To be successful, you have to keep moving forward and not worry about the past. Furthermore, Norris explained how, “you can get beat as a DB, forget that play line up and win the net rep or you can allow it to mentally shut you down. Same as in life, adversity will strike and as a man only you can build your character from it or fall down.” With his success in collegiate football, Norris is a 2018 NFL Draft Prospect. Norris 2
Norris said his toughest match up was when he played against Central Washington, when he was asked to cover tight end Kyle Self. Throughout the course of the game, Norris didn’t have to make any major adjustments to adequately cover Self. Reflecting on the game Norris mentions how, “going into the game I think he was leading the nation as a TE for touchdown receptions, and I felt to show that I can cover athletic tight ends it was great to match up against him.” During that game, Self only had 2 receptions for a total of 13 yards. With the help of his fellow teammates in the backfield, they were able to sustain the pressure on Self the entire game. Norris 3
During his time at North Alabama, Norris believes that he is well prepared to play at the next level. North Alabama being a top school In Division II surrounded Norris with the tools he needed to succeed. Norris also accredits his teammates for pushing him during practices to make sure he was well prepared to perform in games. Norris explains how, “as young men we were taught how to be responsible enough to make it important to us to become better football players. Which meant staying after practices to study film, get together as a collective group to break down formations and routes, and how we would play certain combinations.” Due to the effort Norris put on and off the field to improve his game, he should get the opportunity to hear his name called in April.


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