ESPN: Tre Norwood primed for breakout in bowl game

Tre Norwood is just a freshman, but he’ll have to be ready for the big time.

The Oklahoma cornerback will play a part in locking down Georgia’s passing game in the Rose Bowl. Norwood didn’t even play in five games this season, but he’ll start against the Bulldogs in the College Football Playoff.

It’s a frighteningly grand stage, but ESPN’s Adam Rittenburg thinks Norwood is ready for it.

“The Sooners’ uptick in defense seemed to coincide with Norwood becoming a starter in early November,” Rittenburg wrote. “The freshman capitalized, recording seven pass breakups — second most on the team — and 26 tackles (22 solo) despite seeing his playing time spike only during the stretch run. Norwood should play a big role as Terry Godwin, Javon Wims and Georgia’s vertical threats test Oklahoma’s secondary.”

Norwood is only a year behind his fellow cornerback, Parnell Motley, a sophomore. He has seniors William Johnson and Steven Parker behind him at safeties, as a last resort.

Georgia will most likely focus on the run, with Sony Michel and Nick Chubb pounding the ball. But if Jake Fromm decides to air it out, Norwood may prove the difference between Oklahoma making the College Football Championship Game or going down in the semifinals yet again.

The Sooners and Bulldogs will kick off at 4 p.m. CT in the Rose Bowl on Monday, Jan. 1, on ESPN.

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