Boston College football safety Mike Palmer announced on Tuesday evening that he will be returning for an additional season in '21. The graduate student made his announcement via a video on Twitter:
Palmer, a safety from Endwell, New York will enter his sixth season with the Eagles. Originally recruited in 2016, he redshirted his first year with the school before seeing action in three games in 2017. His sophomore year in '18 was a big year for Palmer finishing the year with 23 tackles, but also a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown. In '19 he became the starting deep safety, finishing the year with 76 tackles along with 2 interceptions.
Last season Palmer appeared in seven games, finishing the year with 24 tackles along with an interception. The INT came against Texas State and was a big moment for the Eagles, as he returned it for 70 yards to set up a touchdown. He suffered a hamstring injury against Syracuse and missed the final two games of the season.
Palmer's play improved greatly under Jeff Hafley and Tem Lukabu, becoming a valuable defender in the secondary. With Deon Jones returning, having two veteran safeties is a big positive for the Eagles. Add in the talented cornerback group, and the Eagles should have a secondary that will continue to grow into one of the best units in the ACC.
There are still a handful of defenders that have yet to make their announcement on their future. Chibueze Onwuka, TJ Rayam, and Brandon Barlow all have yet to make their decision publicly. Stay tuned to BC Bulletin for updates.
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