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WIU Football: Leathernecks turn to Norvell to run offense

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Western Illinois will start Cincinnati transfer Trent Norvell under center in Thursday's season opener vs. Hampton. Western Illinois will start Cincinnati transfer Trent Norvell under center in Thursday's season opener vs. Hampton.

MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) -- Western Illinois is less than 72 hours away from kicking off the new season and they will do so with a fresh face at quarterback.

Leathernecks head coach Bob Nielson has picked transfer Trent Norvell to lead the offense.

Norvell is coming off a redshirt season at Cincinnati and says getting the nod is the opportunity he's been waiting for.

"My goal was to come in here and become a starter, and I met that goal," Norvell said at Monday's practice. 

"Being around the guys I'm hoping for them to build chemistry with me. I'm definitely very excited, and I love playing football. For me to get my first start in college football is very exciting."

Nielson says Norvell has been a quick study these last few weeks.

"He's able to make plays that we need him to make," Nielson explained. 

"Now we just need to him to get more experience and to get more confidence in terms of executing the system. We hope that he can make continued improvement week by week."

Norvell's impressive fall camp pushed him ahead of incumbent starter and sophomore Hayden Northern, as well as fellow redshirt freshman J'Vaughn Williams.

WGEM Sports will have more on the Leathernecks Wednesday on WGEM News at 6 as 'On the Sidelines' returns with a preview of the opener against Hampton.

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