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oakley safety glasses Kevin Norwood an example for why patience could pay off for young Alabama wide receivers Alabama wide receiver Chris Black (5) salutes the crowd after his TD run during the third quarter of the No. 1 Alabama vs. Chattanooga NCAA football game, Saturday, November 23, 2013, at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Vasha Hunt/vhunt@al.com) -- Not every blue-chip wide receiver can make the kind of impact Amari Cooper and Julio Joneshad in their respective freshman years. Kevin Norwoodshakes his head at the thought of those who get frustrated when they face a similar path. It hits close to home because, initially, that was him. Norwood and Kenny Bell signed with Alabama in 2009, months removed from Jones bursting on the scene and establishing himself as one of the game's top receivers. One year later, there simply wasn't room for another immediate-impact freshman, as both players ultimately redshirted. Four years later, Norwood, , can look back on an Alabama career in which he established a reputation as the most reliable pass-catcher on the field and ended with him leading the team in touchdown receptions this past season. "Patience and your time will come," Norwood said. "It's just been a lot of times when I was down, me and Kenny Bell, we just had to persevere through everything but eventually everything worked out for us. Look where we're at now. Got team captain. I never thought I would get that, to be honest. Everything works out." Aside from Cooper, Alabama's 2014 receiving corps is loaded with players who can relate much more to the path Norwood took. Seniors DeAndrew White and Christion Jones have been regulars in the rotation since their sophomore year, but both were slowly weened into the mix. White redshirted in 2010 before he caught 14 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns as a redshirt freshman. He's now viewed as one of the Crimson Tide's top options at wide receiver heading into 2014. Jones caught three balls for 49 yards and returned a few punts as a true freshman. He has since seen his production and responsibilities increase with each season. Chris Black had as much promise as any Alabama wide receiver entering his redshirt freshman season, but his opportunities were sparse in 2013. After missing all of his true freshman year with a shoulder injury, Black backed up Jones and thrived in moments when the game was already in hand. He finished 2013 with eight catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns and a 31-yard rushing touchdown. In the buildup to the Sugar Bowl, he was frequently highlighted as a player to watch among his teammates. "We really look forward to it," Black said after the Chattanooga game. "As soon as we get out there, we've got to take advantage of every opportunity." Norwood said Black has handled the "patience" aspect the best among Alabama's young wide receivers. "CB knows his opportunity will come," Norwood said. "I talked to him plenty of times and let him know his opportunity is going to come. Just got to be patient. "Anything can happen, a player can go down. I don't wish it on anybody, but a player can go down. It's going to be his chance and his opportunity to show up and play his best game." Raheem Falkins saw the field for a few snaps throughout his true freshman season but never made a catch. Highly touted prospect Robert Foster arrived at Alabama right when fall camp began and never saw the field. ArDarius Stewart, who appeared to take most of his practice snaps in the slot behind Black and Jones, also redshirted. Freshman Cameron Sims is already on campus and will participate in spring practice. Derek Kief will join the mix during the summer. Odds are at least a handful will veer toward the Norwood path. "It's really tough but you've got to basically overlook that," Norwood said. "This offense is basically built for running backs. Receivers, when we get our opportunities, we've got to make the best of our opportunities. That's what we've pretty much done. "As far as the younger guys, they're going to have to persevere through it." Thank you for subscribing. You should receive your first newsletter within 24 hours. To view and subscribe to any of our other newsletters, please .