Former VHS lineman prepares for pro day

Published 12:10 am Sunday, February 28, 2016

Norman Price took a trip to Vicksburg to be with his family as he embarks on a journey to change his life.

Price, a former lineman and Vickbsurg High and the University of Southern Miss, will host his pro day on March 24 on campus. He chose to forgo the NFL’s annual scouting combine for a more relaxed atmosphere where the focus is on him and his family can attend. He feels this was the best decision to perform in front of those whom he knows and loves.

Price’s pro day will differ from previous workouts and camps with the elimination of certain drills like the 5-10-5 shuttle, and of course the presence of scouts.

“(I’m) going out there expecting to do good. I’ve been working hard everyday for about five weeks now, and we have four to five weeks left. I just want to go out there, give it my all and see where it goes from there.”

In preparation for his pro day, Price’s workout routine includes the strip-set of 225 pounds, squats and exercises to improve his speed.

“You hit 225 (pounds) as much as you can. Then you go to 175, then 135,” Price said. “Every other day is our speed days and we just go out there and work on our 10-yard split and our 20-yard split. That’s big for the big guys.”

Price’s combination of speed and size – 6 foot 4 inches, 311 pounds – are what make him a unique individual on the football field.

As an offensive lineman, Price runs an even 5 second 40-yard dash but would like to shave two-tenths of a second off his 40-yard dash, putting his target goal around 4.8 seconds.

“For a big guy I’m very quick, I’m very fast,” Price said.”I’m stronger than most normal people, upper-body wise. I plan on that helping me out a lot when the scouts come.”

Right now, Price doesn’t know how he stacks up with other offensive lineman vying for their shared dream. Once he completes his pro day, he’ll get an accurate grasp and will make the comparisons. Price’s decision to advance to the next level of football while still in college was met with mixed emotions. He wanted to enjoy the excitement associated with collegiate football and wished he could get another year of eligibility. He didn’t think about the road after college during the season but gave his heart out on the field.

Reflecting of his matriculation at Southern Miss, – after transferring from Hinds Community College – Price battled injuries and transformed his body to be able to eventually host a pro day.

“My first junior year when I went down to Southern Miss it wasn’t really a good year. I always stayed injured and hurt; it was just a bad season,” Price said. “That offseason coming into my senior year I worked hard, went up there everyday, took all the extra steps to get better, lost a lot of weight and put it back on with muscle.”