SAN JOSE, Calif. - The SaberCats announced today that they were assigned former Carolina Panthers defensive lineman Eric Norwood on a one-year contract.
“Adding a player with the high-level experience of Eric is something we are very excited about,” said Owner/Head Coach Darren Arbet. “He gets downhill as a pass rusher and we look forward to seeing what he will bring to our defense in 2013.”
Norwood (6-1, 240, South Carolina) is a rookie to the Arena Football League. Last season, Norwood played for the Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League. He is a two-year National Football League veteran who spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons with the Carolina Panthers. In 2011, he appeared in 13 games, making seven tackles on defense and six tackles on special teams. In 2010, Norwood was drafted in the fourth round (124th overall) and played in 15 games for the Panthers, recording six tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.
The Oakland, Calif. native played college football for the University of South Carolina from 2006 to 2009. Over his collegiate career as both a linebacker and defensive end, Norwood appeared in 51 games for the Gamecocks, recording 255 tackles and 29 sacks. As a senior, he was named as a First-Team All-American by the Associated Press for the first time and First-Team All-Southeastern Conference for the third consecutive year.
SabreCats Media Services contributed to this report.