Norton returns four starters on offense and eight on defense.
Panthers coach Matt Parrill said senior Steve Smith and Tim Cool will "anchor both the offense and the defense."
Senior Jerry Baughman is the only returning starter on the offensive line. Parrill said that unit has "decent size and strength, but we lack experience."
Junior linebacker Nick Misura is also expected to make an impact for the Panthers.
Check Thursday’s Akron Beacon Journal for a special section in the newspaper that previews the 2009 season.