COLLEGE: Port Charlotte football player Brennan Norus signs with Warner University

By Josh Vitale, SunCoast Sports

Port Charlotte football player Brennan Norus poses with family after signing with Warner University. Sun photo by Josh Vitale

Port Charlotte football player Brennan Norus poses with family after signing with Warner University.
Sun photo by Josh Vitale

PORT CHARLOTTE — Brennan Norus has become accustomed to people underestimating him on the football field. At 5 feet, 7 inches tall, he probably isn’t as big as most college running backs. He probably doesn’t the same breakaway speed, either.

But that’s just more motivation for Norus. Just look at what he did in his senior season with the Pirates, when he rushed for 1,821 yards to set a new all-time single-season school record and be named All-Area football player of the year.

So when a contingent from Warner University in Lake Wales visited Port Charlotte in December, the running back was intrigued. And when they offered him on the spot after watching tape of him in coach Jordan Ingman’s office, Norus knew he had his school.

“Most schools didn’t like my size,” said Norus, who signed his national letter of intent on Tuesday. “But since that school offered me, it meant they were willing to see what I could do for their team.”

Warner proved Norus’ only offer, but he’s more than comfortable with his choice. He liked what he saw when he visited the NAIA school’s campus in January, and he said he was happy to avoid the stress of picking between different schools.

And now that he’s one of the newest member of the Royals, he hopes to accomplish something with them that he did with the Pirates.

“I hope to break the rushing record,” Norus said with a smile.

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