Eric Norwood will always be synonymous with sacks at South Carolina.
While the school's all-time sacks leader added seven more to his total this season, Norwood also leads the Gamecocks with two interceptions and three blocked kicks.
"I've been showing everything I can do," Norwood said. "Not just go back there and make sacks."
Voters recognized that versatility by making Norwood a unanimous selection to The Associated Press' All-SEC first team, which was announced Monday. Norwood, a senior from Acworth, Ga., joins former USC linebacker Kalimba Edwards as the only Gamecocks to earn first-team, All-SEC honors from the AP two years in a row.
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If Norwood makes the coaches' All-SEC first team this week, the linebacker would become USC's first three-time, all-conference pick. He was a first-team honoree by the coaches and a second-team AP selection in 2007 as a defensive end.
Two of Norwood's defensive teammates also were honored. Safety Chris Culliver made the second team, while defensive end Cliff Matthews received an honorable mention nod.
Norwood was one of five unanimous selections to the AP team. The others were Alabama tailback Mark Ingram, the offensive player of the year, Crimson Tide defensive tackle Terrence Cody and linebacker Rolando McClain and Tennessee safety Eric Berry.
"It's crazy just to get that type of respect for the people who vote for it," Norwood said.
Norwood also is one of five finalists for the Butkus Award, which goes to the nation's top linebacker.
Norwood, tied for third in the SEC in sacks, is the conference's active leader and ranks in the top 10 all-time in sacks (29) and tackles for loss (54.5).
For all the hits he has accumulated, Norwood said it is one he did not make that stands as his favorite personal moment this season. Playing on the kickoff team against S.C. State, Norwood left his lane and made a beeline toward his younger brother Erin Norwood, a special teams player for the Bulldogs.
"I never did hit him. I was just out there talking trash," Norwood said. "I tried to go out there (again) on a kickoff, and coach (Ellis) Johnson pulled me off of it."
Norwood said the Gamecocks' 34-17 win against Clemson also was memorable.
"To be able to beat them my freshman year and my senior year, it feels good," he said. "I don't know how many guys at Carolina can say that recently."
Norwood, who was denied admission to USC three times before being accepted on appeal, is attempting to finish his criminal justice degree in 3 1/2 years. He needs a C in a final exam in statistics to graduate next week.
"It's been rough," said Norwood, who has been working with a tutor in the course.
Norwood was hoping USC would make the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta, where he went to high school after moves from his native Oakland, Calif., and Dallas.
But Norwood said the Gamecocks probably did not deserve to go to a bigger bowl than the Papajohns.com, where they will face Connecticut on Jan. 2 in Birmingham.
"We're 7-5, we kind of set ourselves up for the bowl game we got," Norwood said. "I'm grateful to have one. It's better than not having one and sitting at home in the month of December. I'm ready to go and show out one more time."
WR — Shay Hodge, Mississippi, 6-2, 207, Sr.
WR — A.J. Green, Georgia, 6-4, 207, So.
L — Mike Johnson, Alabama, 6-5, 303, Sr.
L — Ciron Black, LSU, 6-5, 322, Sr.
L — Mike Pouncey, Florida, 6-5, 315, Jr.
L — John Jerry, Mississippi, 6-6, 335, Sr.
C — Maurkice Pouncey, Florida, 6-5, 310, Jr.
TE — Aaron Hernandez, Florida, 6-2, 250, Jr.
QB — Tim Tebow, Florida, 6-3, 240, Sr.
RB — u-Mark Ingram, Alabama, 5-10, 212, So.
RB — Anthony Dixon, Mississippi St., 6-1, 235, Sr.
K — Leigh Tiffin, Alabama, 6-2, 212, Sr.
All-Purpose — Dexter McCluster, Mississippi, 5-9, 170, Sr.
All-Purpose — Randall Cobb, Kentucky, 5-11, 188, So.
E — Antonio Coleman, Auburn, 6-3, 261, Sr.
E — Carlos Dunlap, Florida, 6-6, 290, Jr.
T — u-Terrence Cody, Alabama, 6-5, 354, Sr.
T — Dan Williams, Tennessee, 6-3, 327, Sr.
LB — u-Rolando McClain, Alabama, 6-4, 258, Jr.
LB — u-Eric Norwood, South Carolina, 6-1, 252, Sr.
LB — Rennie Curran, Georgia, 5-11, 225, Jr.
CB — Javier Arenas, Alabama, 5-9, 195, Sr.
CB — Joe Haden, Florida, 5-11, 190, Jr.
S — u-Eric Berry, Tennessee, 5-11, 203, Jr.
S — Mark Barron, Alabama, 6-2, 214, So.
P — Drew Butler, Georgia, 6-2, 203, So.
WR — Joe Adams, Arkansas, 5-10, 182, So.
WR — Riley Cooper, Florida, 6-3, 215, Sr.
WR — Brandon LaFell, LSU, 6-3, 206, Sr.
L — Clint Boling, Georgia, 6-5, 297, Jr.
L — Chris Scott, Tennessee, 6-5, 346, Sr.
L — James Carpenter, Alabama, 6-5, 300, Jr.
L — Mitch Petrus, Arkansas, 6-4, 315, Sr.
C — Ryan Pugh, Auburn, 6-4, 289, Jr.
TE — Colin Peek, Alabama, 6-6, 255, Sr.
QB — Ryan Mallett, Arkansas, 6-7, 238, So.
RB — Dexter McCluster, Mississippi, 5-9, 170, Sr.
RB — Montario Hardesty, Tennessee, 6-0, 215, Sr.
RB — Ben Tate, Auburn, 5-11, 218, Sr.
K — Blair Walsh, Georgia, 5-10, 185, So.
All-Purpose — Derrick Locke, Kentucky, 5-9, 190, Jr.
All-Purpose — Javier Arenas, Alabama, 5-9, 195, Sr.
E — Jermaine Cunningham, Florida, 6-3, 257, Sr.
E — Justin Houston, Georgia, 6-3, 259, So.
E — Pernell McPhee, Mississippi St., 6-4, 275, Jr.
T — Geno Atkins, Georgia, 6-1, 290, Sr.
T — Corey Peters, Kentucky, 6-3, 295, Sr.
T — Jerrell Powe, Mississippi, 6-2, 330, Jr.
T — Malcolm Sheppard, Arkansas, 6-2, 291, Sr.
LB — Brandon Spikes, Florida, 6-4, 255, Sr.
LB — Sam Maxwell, Kentucky, 6-3, 248, Sr.
LB — Rico McCoy, Tennessee, 6-1, 220, Sr.
CB — Patrick Peterson, LSU, 6-1, 211, So.
CB — Myron Lewis, Vanderbilt, 6-2, 205, Sr.
CB — Walt McFadden, Auburn, 6-0, 175, Sr.
S — Chad Jones, LSU, 6-3, 231, Jr.
S — Chris Culliver, South Carolina, 6-0, 190, Jr.
P — Chas Henry, Florida, 6-4, 222, Jr.
Offense | Zipp Duncan, T, Kentucky, 6-5, 291, Sr.; Trindon Holliday, All-Purpose, LSU, 5-5, 161, Sr.; Lee Ziemba, T, Auburn, 6-8, 308, Jr.
Defense | Ahmad Black, S, Florida, 5-9, 185, Jr.; Chris Marve, LB, Vanderbilt, 6-0, 230, So.; Cliff Matthews, E, South Carolina, 6-4, 249, Jr.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR | Mark Ingram, Alabama
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR | Rolando McClain, Alabama
COACH OF THE YEAR | Nick Saban, Alabama
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR | Warren Norman, Vanderbilt