Tennessee Vols wide receivers coach Tee Martin believes he sees something special in wide receiver Josh Palmer.
In fact, Martin thinks he sees a future NFL player.
During a rare media session with the UT football assistant on Tuesday, Martin compared Palmer to Nelson Agholor, a former first round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Martin, who coached Agholor for three seasons at USC, said Palmer was the only Vol wide receiver he recruited while he was in California. The legendary former Vol quarterback said he believes Palmer can be a “big time player”.
Tee Martin: Josh Palmer was the only WR here that I recruited at my last stop. I thought he was a talent. But the only concern at that time was how much he has played. He reminds me of Nelson Agholor. Palmer has really improved this spring. He can be a big-time player.
— GoVols247 (@GoVols247) April 9, 2019
Palmer had a breakout season for the Vols in 2018, catching 23 passes for 484 yards and two touchdowns. He proved to be a big play threat for Tennessee, averaging 21 yards per reception.
Those numbers are similar to what Agholor put up at USC in 2012 — Martin’s first with the program.
As a freshman, Agholor caught 18 passes for 341 yards and two touchdowns. A year later, Agholor caught 56 passes for 918 yards and six touchdowns. He exploded as a junior, reeling in 104 passes for 1,313 yards and 12 touchdowns.
I don’t know if Palmer will be able to achieve that level of production in Knoxville, but if he gets anywhere close, it will be absolutely huge for the Vols’ offense.
Of course, if anyone knows what an elite wide receiver looks like, it’s Tee Martin. And if Martin believes in Palmer’s ability, then it’s probably worth keeping an eye on the Ontario native.
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