Palmer Shines in Opener

It didn't take Tobais Palmer long to make a statement after moving from receiver to tailback in his sophomore season at Georgia Military College.

It didn't take Tobais Palmer long to make a statement after moving from receiver to tailback in his sophomore season at Georgia Military College.

Palmer rushed for 192 yards and two touchdowns on just 13 carries in his team's 35-33 win over No. 3 ranked Ellsworth.

"I was kind of rusty, but I think I did pretty good," said Palmer. "I stepped up big when the team needed me too and had a good game. I had two long scores from around 48 and then 55 yards out.

"My biggest run came late in the fourth quarter. We were down 33-29 and I took a toss sweep to the house from around 55 yards out. That one was big as it gave us the lead and then the defense sealed the deal."

A native of Pittsboro, North Carolina, Palmer originally signed with NC State in 2008 but failed to qualify academically. He started three seasons at tailback for Northwood High School, rushing for over 4,700 yards and scoring more than 80 all-purpose touchdowns. A two-time offensive player of the year in his conference, Scout.com rated him as a three-star recruit and the No. 41 cornerback in the nation.

Although he spent nearly all of his freshman year at receiver, Palmer admitted he felt right at home after moving back to tailback.

"I was kind of surprised, but it felt good being back at tailback," he said. "I was comfortable with all of my assignments, and I think I can help the team win there."

Georgia Military College entered the opener ranked No. 8 nationally in the preseason 2009 NCJAA/JC Football Rankings. After defeating Ellsworth they will definitely move up, and GMC has a chance to move into the top five as the top three teams suffered losses.

"We'll find out this week where we're ranked," said Palmer. "We hope to be No. 1 after beating Ellsworth on the road. I think we have a good shot."

GMC plays its first home game of the year this weekend against Navarro (TX) College. Navarro was ranked No. 7 in the preseason polls and defeated Coffeyville (KS) CC 34-7 last Saturday.

"We have Navarro coming up," said Palmer. "It's going to be a good game... one we're ready for. They beat us last year and they are good again this year."

Palmer indicated he still projects to enroll at NC State in January, and he is being recruited to play on the offensive side of the ball for the Wolfpack.


Jr. Film: TB #6 Tobais Palmer -- Video 1 --


Jr. Film: TB/CB #6 Tobais Palmer -- Video 2 --


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