Monday marked the first day of practice and Norman had been doing everything that Bowden had mentioned in the spring. When practice concluded, Bowden announced that Norman and Carl Glass Jr. had earned a scholarship.
“It’s a long time coming,” Norman said. “Just forever grateful, forever thankful to the Lord above, and to my family and to my mom for supporting me. Without them, without my family, without God, without the people behind me, I wouldn’t be where I’m at.”
THE FUTURE OF ULM FOOTBALL:‘We’ve got hope’: ULM football coach Terry Bowden begins the Warhawk Roadshow in Shreveport
The Warhawks will open the 2022 season in Austin against Texas on Sept. 3 (7 p.m., Longhorn Network). In his first year as coach, Terry Bowden finished the 2021 season 4-8, taking over after a winless season.
“I don’t apologize to anybody,” Bowden said. ” We’ve got more Ouachita Parish kids on our team than any other university in the state and it’s not even close.”
Norman, a sophomore running back, and sophomore linebacker Glass, a sophomore linebacker, are from Ouachita Parish. The 5-foot-8, 205-pound Norman graduated from West Monroe before joining the Warhawks as a walk-on. The 5-11, 214-pound Glass transferred from Harding University and graduated from Ouachita Parish in 2020.
“I was a walk-on, so I know what they go through,” Bowden said.
In the time he has been with the ULM, Norman had 6 yards on four carries. While at Harding, Glass had 24 tackles and two tackles for loss in nine games played.
“I don’t promise them that they’re now going to be the starter or now be in the rotation,” Bowden said. ” But I promised them now all that hard work from the time they started playing ball, they can call their momma and say ‘I’m taking care of room and board and tuition myself’ and that means a lot.”