Norman, Marve selected to PS All-SEC

(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

BIRMINGHAM– Vanderbilt standouts Chris Marve and Warren Norman have been named to the Coaches' Preseason All-Southeastern Conference team, league officials announced today.

Marve, a redshirt junior linebacker from Memphis, and Norman, a sophomore tailback/return specialist from Stone Mountain, Ga., were both named to the first team All-SEC squad. Norman was named as a return specialist.

Marve and Norman were the only Commodores named to the coaches' preseason squad. In 2009 five Vanderbilt players were recognized when the coaches' preseason ballot included three offensive and defensive teams.

Marve and Norman are scheduled to appear at SEC Media Days this Thursday along with junior linebacker John Stokes and interim head coach Robbie Caldwell.

Caldwell was delighted for Marve and Norman, and said other Commodore players deserved attention from fellow coaches in the conference. "Chris and Warren are very deserving of this honor," Caldwell said. "Both of them were tremendous last year, and are primed for another outstanding season this year. "Even though we play in a league full of great players, I believe several other Vanderbilt players are very worthy of being considered for this recognition. Guys like (safety) Sean Richardson, (defensive back) Casey Hayward and (tight end) Brandon Barden are excellent players in this league," the coach added.

Marve, a product of White Station High School in Memphis, is one of four Commodore co-captains for the 2010 season. He enters the year trying to become the first SEC player to achieve three consecutive seasons of at least 100 tackles since former Vanderbilt All-America Jamie Winborn accomplished the feat in 1998-2000.

In 2009, Marve posted 121 tackles, second most in the league. His 57 solo tackles ranked among the SEC leaders and paced the Commodore defense. Marve notched double-digit tackles in seven of 12 games, including a career-best 18-tackle performance against Georgia Tech. For his efforts, he was awarded the team's Captain Award and Most Valuable Linebacker Award after the season, and he was also named Second Team All-SEC.

A first team Freshman All-American in 2008, Marve has been named to preseason watchlists for the Nagurski Trophy and Butkus Award. In recent weeks, he has also been named to virtually every preseason All-SEC team.

Norman, a product of Chamblee High School near Atlanta, produced one of the most productive freshman campaigns in SEC history in 2009. He topped the conference with 1,951 all-purpose yards, breaking Herschel Walker's former freshman SEC record. He also broke an SEC single-season record with 1,050 kickoff return yards, and matched a league mark by returning three kicks for touchdowns. Norman also ranked seventh in the league, and topped all Commodores, with 783 rushing yards, the second highest freshman total in team history.

Following the remarkable campaign, coaches rewarded Norman as the unanimous SEC Freshman of the Year, just the second Commodore to receive that honor. He also was named to numerous Freshman All-America teams.

Norman will become just the second Commodore sophomore to appear at Media Days. In 2003, sophomore quarterback Jay Cutler made the first of three eventual Media Day appearances.


Mississippi wide receiver Dexter McCluster (22) loses the ball as Vanderbilt linebacker Chris Marve (13) recovers the fumble near the goal line in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008, in Oxford, Miss. Vanderbilt defeated Mississippi 23-17. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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