Eagle’s Landing coach Joe Teknipp thought he had this tandem in seniors Sedrick Palmer and Corey Holloway but a counterpart had to tell him otherwise.
“I referred to them as ‘Thunder and Lighting’ and a college coach corrected me and said, ‘No, you have Thunder and Thunder,’” Teknipp said.
Palmer and Holloway both weigh more than 200 pounds and have a 40-yard dash time around 4.5 seconds. They are also equally impressive in the strength department. Palmer has a max bench press of 395 pounds and a squat of 635 and Holloway has lifted 350 pounds on the bench press.
The 2013 season is also a reuniting of Palmer and Holloway in the backfield from their days in the North Henry Youth Football Association.
“Me and Corey played in the rec league together at North Henry,” said Palmer, who transferred from Henry County. “He’s like my brother. We are going to do some good things.”
“We know how each other runs and our bond is close,” Holloway said.
Last season, Palmer ran for 1,100 yards in six games before breaking his left ankle. But now he is fully recovered and 15 pounds lighter than last year.
“I added a little speed to the power I already had,” Palmer said. “I can dish out the punishment or avoid it. I can do a little bit of everything.”
“I knew a little bit about Sedrick before he came but he has blown me away in practice with his shiftiness and power,” Teknipp said.
Holloway, whose abilities Teknipp was very familiar with last season, rushed for 1,370 yards and nine touchdowns.
“In the backfield, there may be better backs than them individually, but I think there will not be a better tandem of backs in the state than those two,” Teknipp said.
The Golden Eagles are on a bye this week but start their 2013 season at home against Ola on Aug. 30. Eagle’s Landing lost 38-30 to the Mustangs last season.