Palmer Ready For Big Stage

After originally signing with NC State in 2008, Tobais Palmer is ready to become a playmaker for the Wolfpack in 2011. In this exclusive Q&A with Pack Pride Palmer talks about his transition from running back to wide receiver, catching the ball from starting quarterback Mike Glennon and much more.

After originally signing with NC State in 2008, Tobais Palmer is ready to become a playmaker for the Wolfpack in 2011.

In this exclusive Q&A with Pack Pride Palmer talks about his transition from running back to wide receiver, catching the ball from starting quarterback Mike Glennon and much more.

How has spring practice gone so far? Has it been a smooth transition or have things been tougher than you expected?
Adjusting from playing running back to playing receiver has been a good experience so far. It's been a tough task that I've had to tackle, and I've had my ups and downs but so far everything has been good. No complaints so far.

Is it they type of situation now where you feel more comfortable with each practice?
I'm starting to feel more comfortable every day and that translates into more confidence, with the routes I'm running and the things I'm doing as a receiver.

How happy are you to finally be in this place after putting it all the work you have since 2008? Do you feel like you've arrived during spring practice this year?
It seemed like it took forever but once things got going in Georgia everything flew by. Being in Georgia was no doubt a great experience. It taught me to mature and once I got to Raleigh I knew I had to step up and make plays. I was ready for the task at hand once I did get to Raleigh.

Do you feel like that maturity level has you prepared to be a crucial part of the offense in 2011?
There is more improvement, there is always room for improvement. But I am maturing every day as the process goes along and I'm definitely going to get to that point.

What have you seen from Mike Glennon so far this spring? What makes him special as a quarterback?
Mike is a good guy, he's come a long way. He's been waiting behind Russell Wilson for a long time and now he's stepping up to the challenge. Catching footballs from him is just crazy. When you catch the ball from him you can just feel the power in the ball. It's just crazy.

What has been the biggest transition for you personally as you've switched from running back to wide receiver? Do those running back habits die hard?
The biggest change is just getting used to not having the ball as much as I did in high school or in Georgia. The better thing with that is that I'm getting one-on-one matchups with linebackers and I get to work in space more.

I still have that running back mentality when I catch the ball in open space. Coach Bible gets on me a lot but he loves it, he just wants to make sure I'm being fundamentally sound as a receiver first.

What kind of leader has T.J. Graham been within the wide receivers this spring?
He's been a great leader. Everyone is looking up to him. He's one of the leading receivers coming back from last year's team and so far he's taken that leadership role very seriously.


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