Price is right at left tackle

Published 11:44 am Wednesday, October 26, 2011

They call him “Big Norman.”

Even though he’s young enough to be some of his teammates’ younger brother, there’s a big brother quality to Norman Price that makes the nickname as affectionate as it is descriptive.

The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder is quick with a friendly smile and a hearty laugh off the field. On it, he’s a veteran presence and a protector, having spent three years as Vicksburg High’s starting left tackle. It’s a combination of character and talent that’s made him one of the most highly-regarded offensive linemen in Mississippi by several college scouting services.

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“Anatomically, he’s the right proportion to be a backside tackle in the pros,” said Vicksburg coach Alonzo Stevens, who has coached several players in high school and college who went on to the NFL. “He’s just a natural. Any college coach that’s looking for a lineman, he’s the prototype.”

Price isn’t the only veteran on the Gators’ line. Three other players — guards J.J. Mounger and Sam Fraysier, and right tackle Jeremy Hill — all have been starters for at least two seasons. Few players, though, are like Price.