Palmer: "It's A Blessing"

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State senior wideout Tobais Palmer talks about his final home game with Pack Pride.

Have you felt like you and Glennon and the offense as a whole have been coming together in the past few weeks and we saw the culmination of that last Saturday at Clemson?
Yeah. I think once things got going during the Wake Forest game. Mike and I started to develop that relationship that we had last year. I just had to be myself and let the plays come to me. That's what we've been talking about all season.

Coach Bible said that he felt that coming into the season, you were the focal point for opposing defenses. Did you see that on the field?
I did. In the first couple of games, teams were doubling me and keying on me. That opened things up for Bryan Underwood and Quintin Payton and some of the other guys to make plays. Once everyone started being a threat, it opened up for me.

Was it tough to stay positive when that was happening?
It was. It was really frustrating. This was my last year. I felt like I would have been the strong point (of the offense). But at the same time, you have got to be that team player and sacrifice. Do it for your teammates.

You started to break out a little bit in the game against North Carolina. Did that help boost your confidence?
It helped out a lot. It let me know that I still have it and it's not going anywhere. I just have to be patient and wait for my time. That's what I've been doing so far.

Were you surprised that Clemson kept kicking to you?
I was very surprised. After the first couple I thought they would stop, but they kept giving me a chance to break one.

How important has your blocking been on those kick-off returns?
I couldn't do it without those guys blocking like that for me. Big ups to my teammates for opening it up for me and giving me creases to cut through. I couldn't do it without them.

Was it hard for you not returning kicks last year and watch TJ Graham handle the duties?
It was, but at the same time I just had to sacrifice for the team. I had to play a position that I'd never played and just be good at it.

What's it like to go into a game like the one at Clemson, when you know the defense will be playing man against you?
It's a big stage and you're going against a top ranked team. You've just got to bring your game. That separates the men from the boys. Last year I had a break out game against them, and this year I felt like I needed to do even more against them…and I succeeded.

What are some things that you're trying to focus on this week going against a Boston College team that predominantly plays zone?
I've got to find out what their weaknesses are as a defense and I've got to adjust.

Have you talked to TJ Graham about breaking his records?
I haven't talked to TJ since he was here for Carolina week. I'm sure once the season is over; we'll hang out a little bit.

You guys are fairly similar players. Did seeing him get taken in the third round of the NFL draft give you confidence?
Yeah it did. I talked to him before the season started and he told me that I have to play hard and run routes better than I did last year. Just play hard and make plays.

You had a long journey to get to NC State and you've had really good outings these last few games. Was this how you envisioned it ending?
It is. I never dreamed of going to college, but I got scholarship offers from different schools. After doing what I had to do at Georgia Military and ending up playing here at home and being successful…it's a blessing.

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