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Jay Norvell
Jay Norvell

Madison, Wisc.

High School:
Memorial HS

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 207

Defensive Back


1985 - - One of 13 recipients of the Roy J. Carver team MVP Award. Intercepted seven passes (the Iowa record is eight by Nile Kinnick in 1939 and Lou King in 1981) in his first season as a starter. Led the Big Ten in interceptions and tied for seventh nationally. Honorable mention all-America by AP and honorable mention all-Big Ten by AP and UPI. Iowa's defensive MVP against Iowa State, Wisconsin and Ohio State. Leading tackler in the secondary with 45 solos and 31 assists. Caused one fumble and broke up three passes. Two of his tackles were for losses of four yards. Recovered a fumble vs. UCLA in the Rose Bowl. Credited with season-high 13 tackles (10 solos) against Michigan State. Also intercepted a pass vs. the Spartans. Intercepted two passes against home-state school of Wisconsin and Northwestern. Picked off a pass at Iowa State and returned it 62 yards to earn ABC-TV Play of the Game. Had interceptions in three straight games twice during the season. Top tackle efforts vs. UCLA (nine), Northwestern (eight), Drake (seven), Minnesota (six) and five against Iowa State, Illinois, and Purdue.

1984 - - Top special teams player with 14 tackles. Four tackles vs. Iowa State and Northwestern and three against Purdue.

1983 & 1982 - - Substitute defensive back and scout team player.

1983 - - Redshirted.

High School - - First team all-state DB in 1980. Played basketball and baseball too. Captained football and basketball. All-conference and all-city in football. Played on conference champions in football in 1979. Personal - - Born March 28, 1963, in Madison. General Studies major. Father, Merrit, played in the Rose Bowl for Wisconsin. Cousin Bruce Gear plays defensive end for the Hawkeyes.

Career Statistics

Defense Solos Assts Total T/Loss Int
1984 13 1 14 0/0 0
1985 45 31 76 2/-4 7
Career 58 32 90 2/-4 7
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