Canadian Josh Palmer makes two spectacular touchdown catches for Tennessee in top-15 showdown against Georgia

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Flower City’s own Josh Palmer showed out against No. 3 ranked Georgia (3-0) on Saturday.

Palmer stacked another noteworthy performance in his senior season during a top-15 showdown at Sanford Stadium. The 21-year-old provided two highlight reel touchdown catches in Tennessee’s 44-21 loss to the Bulldogs.

In the second quarter, Palmer leaps over six-foot-one, 185-pound defensive back DJ Daniel for a 36-yard touchdown. Daniel is viewed by NFL Draft experts as a potential top three round NFL Draft pick in the 2021 class.

Less than four minutes later, Palmer hauls in an over the shoulder pass against Tyson Campbell. The six-foot-two, 185-pound cover man could be a first round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Palmer’s second TD covered 27 yards and held up after video review.

Palmer led the Volunteers (2-1) with four receptions for 71 yards and two touchdowns. Through three Southeastern Conference games in 2020, Palmer has 14 grabs for 227 yards and three touchdowns.

“Just called some go routes, saw the ball and made plays,” Palmer said in his post-game video conference. “That was my main focus is to try and make plays every game.”

He was rated as a three-star prospect out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, prep powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas High School helping the program win the Florida 7A state title in 2016. He collected 32 catches for 506 yards and eight scores as a senior in 2016 and earned second-team All-State honours.

Entering his final year in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Brampton native had back-to-back 400-plus yard receiving seasons on his resume. Palmer is on pace for single-season career highs in receptions and yards while boosting his stock for the 2021 NFL draft in the process.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.