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Hurricanes defensive tackles Kendrick Norton, RJ McIntosh declare for NFL draft

Miami player made headlines for turning FSU QB's leg into air guitar

Miami Hurricanes defensive tackle Kendrick Norton makes an air guitar out of Florida State quarterback James Blackman's leg after making a tackle during a 24-20 win against the Seminoles.
Miami Hurricanes defensive tackle Kendrick Norton makes an air guitar out of Florida State quarterback James Blackman's leg after making a tackle during a 24-20 win against the Seminoles.


CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami defensive lineman who famously turned a rival quarterback's leg into a musical instrument is leaving school early for the NFL.

Defensive tackle Kendrick Norton announced Monday that he will forgo his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

"After a lot of thought, prayer, talking to my family and coaches, I've decided to make myself available for the 2018 draft," Norton said on Instagram. "This decision wasn't an easy one, as I love being a Hurricane, but I feel I'm ready for the next step in realizing my dreams of being an NFL football player."

Norton made headlines for playing air guitar on Florida State quarterback James Blackman's leg after tackling the freshman during Miami's 24-20 win against the Seminoles in October.

The 6-foot-3, 318-pound junior from Jacksonville started 12 games for the Hurricanes, finishing with 26 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.

Norton earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention honors.

Later Monday, defensive lineman RJ McIntosh announced via social media that he will also be going into the draft.

McIntosh posted: "It took me a while to make this decision because of the love I have for all my coaches and my brothers that I worked so hard with over the years of me being a Cane but I think it's the best decision for me."

Miami cornerback Michael Jackson announced last week that he would return for his final season of eligibility, joining safety Jaquan Johnson. They were tied for the team lead with four interceptions each.


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