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60 - James Normand
James Normand
Height: 6-2
Weight: 295
Year: So..
Hometown: Oak Ridge, Tenn.
High School: Oak Ridge
Position: OL

A standout offensive lineman during his high school career, James opened his college career showing potential to be equally successful for the Golden Eagles...played most of the season in a backup role but finished up as the starter at left tackle, earning the starts against Eastern Kentucky and Jacksonville State...comes into his second season expected to start at left tackle as a sophomore...strong player with outstanding knowledge of his position...good techniques...proved to be especially capable in Tech's speeded-up offense against Jacksonville State and could emerge as a headliner during the 2011 "Fastest 60 Minutes in Football" game tempo...great work ethic, both on the field and in the classroom...named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll both semesters in his freshman season and landed on the OVC Commissioner's Adademic Honor Roll.

AT TECH (In 2010): James showed early in the season that he could contribute...played a backup role through early part of the year...played in nine games...linedup as backup center and backup guard, then moved to left tackle where he earned the starting assignment in the season's  final two games against EKU and JSU...helped the Golden Eagles post thrilling come-from-behind victory over Jacksonville State.

HIGH SCHOOL: Named All-State as a lineman, James Normand also earned a spot on the National Guard Academic All-State team during his outstanding four-year career at Oak Ridge (Tenn.) High School...the first lineman to letter all four years at his high school, Normand was an effective offensive lineman, not allowing a single quarterback sack his final two seasons while splitting his playing time between center and tackle...District 3A Lineman of the Year and was picked for both the Tennessee-Kentucky Border Bowl and the Tennessee East-West All-Star Game...twice picked as team captain...two-time all-KIL pick...he also played two seasons of basketball and four on the baseball team, setting the school’s home run record as a junior...two-time all-district selection in baseball as a first baseman...member of the National Honor Society.

PERSONAL: The son of James and Mary Normand...birthdate is February 23, 1992...full name is James McKenzie Normand... majoring in accounting.