Matt started all 18 regular season games at centre for a second consecutive season; one of just two lineman to do so during a season that saw multiple injuries along the line. Despite the tough season up front, Matt helped lead a promising group in the trenches as running backs Andrew Harris and Stefan Logan combined for 1,277 rushing yards on the year.
In his second CFL season, Matt was one of four Lions linemen who started all 18 games for the club. Showing leadership beyond his years, Matt was thrust into the starting centre role after longtime centre Angus Reid injured his back prior to training camp. Matt was a key component in a unit that surrendered the third fewest sacks in 2013.
Matt was selected by the Lions in the third round of the 2012 Canadian Draft and had an immediate impact as a rookie offensive lineman. Due to some early season injuries to veterans Dean Valli and Jon Hameister-Ries, Matt started his first seven CFL games. He moved into a reserve role for two more contests before returning to school to complete his teaching certificate. When injuries struck the club again late in the year, Matt returned to the Leos to fill a reserve role in the Western Final versus Calgary.
Norman helped anchor the Mustangs’ offensive line for four seasons including last fall when the Châteauguay, Quebec native helped the Mustangs lead the nation in rushing. For his efforts, the 6-foot-3, 317-pound senior was named an OUA all-star and a First-Team All-Canadian.