"I Believe I'll Make It"

Fayetteville (NC) Douglas Byrd lineman Doug Palmer was selected to play in the 2005 East-West All-Star Game.

However, the NC State coaches suggested that the Wolfpack signee not play and risk an injury, and Palmer agreed with them that it would be best if he didn't play in the all-star game.

"The coaches told me to not play in that game," Doug Palmer told Pack Pride. "I wanted to play in it, but I'm suppose to be up in summer school around then, and it just wouldn't work out. Plus, I don't want to get hurt or anything like that."

After a newspaper report last week stated that Palmer would be in Raleigh for summer school, most assumed that he had received a qualifying test score. Is that the case?

"I'm not qualified yet, but I'm real close," Palmer said. "I took the SAT on June 11th and the ACT on June 4th. I'm going to find out July 2nd my score."

A 6-foot-3, 290-pound interior lineman, Palmer played both ways for Douglas Byrd as a senior. The Shrine Bowl selection was named first-team all-conference at offensive line and defensive tackle. Where will he play for the Wolfpack?

"They told me offensive line and mainly guard," Palmer said. "It doesn't matter to me. I'll play wherever they want me to."

Palmer selected the Wolfpack over East Carolina and UNC. While Hargrave Military Academy is an option if he doesn't receive his test score, Palmer admits that he feels it is only a matter of time before he hears the good news.

"I really do think I'm going to get the score I need," he said. "I believe I'll make it."

Player Comments: "I just like to play. I want to make plays, and I think it comes down to just being tougher than everybody else." -- Doug Palmer

Guru Comments: "One of the things you want from an interior lineman is an ability to play well in a confined space and an ability to pickup and maintain blocks. Palmer does a great job of doing just that, absorbing long arms and picking up things going on at the second level." -- ACC Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit

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