Jerious Montreal Norwood (born July 29, 1983 in Jackson, Mississippi) is a American football running back for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Falcons in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Mississippi State.
He played football at Brandon High School in Brandon, Mississippi where he was a high school All-American. He was also Mississippi's "Mr. Football", an honor given to the state's most outstanding high school football player. While at Brandon High he recorded 92 career touchdowns to rank fourth all-time on the state career-scoring list and accounted for more than 8,000 all-purpose yards. He totaled 3,229 all-purpose yards and 38 touchdowns during a junior season. Norwood was also named Mississippi's Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior as he rushed for 2,152 yards and scored 32 touchdowns. He also recorded nine receptions for 165 yards and three touchdowns, while averaging 46.9 yards on six kick returns with one touchdown. He also rushed for a school record 367 yards during a playoff game.
As a three-year starter, at Mississippi State, he rushed for over 100 yards on 13 occasions, surpassing the previous school record of 12 set by Walter Packer and James Johnson. He also started 29 of 46 games, setting a school record with 3,222 career rushing yards on 573 carries (5.6 avg.) with 15 touchdowns.