PALMER — For the final three seasons of his prep career Duston Corbin not only started for the Palmer Moose football team, he made an impact.
“He’s going to be a hard one to replace,” Palmer head coach Tim Popowski said recently.
But Palmer’s loss is another program’s gain. Earlier this year, Corbin signed his Mational Letter of Intent to attend George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, and play for the Division III Bruins.
“I think it’s a great fit listening to him talk about it,” Popowski said. “It’s everything he wanted. He felt at home, really fell in love with the campus.”
Corbin started at both outside linebacker and fullback during his time with the Moose. Corbin was able to gain playing time as a freshman on varsity and solidified himself in the starting lineup as a sophomore. Popowski said Corbin has the potential to have success at the next level on either side of the ball.
“Wherever he can find a way to get on the field and jump in,” Popowski said. “Finding a way on to the travel roster would be huge his first year.”
Corbin is listed as a linebacker on the Geroge Fox website.
Popowski said he sees Corbin making an impact at the Division III level. Popowski said Corbin possesses the physicality and the skill set, but also lauded Corbin’s intelligence. Popowski said Corbin is one of the smartest players he’s had the chance to coach during his time with the Palmer program.
Popowski said Corbin was also a great leader for the team.
“He was a great leader for the younger kids. Especially when it came to the scout team, motivating the younger kids to get involved, not being afraid of hitting the older kids,” Popowski said.
The 2020 graduate of Palmer High School was named first-team All-Railbelt Conference at both fullback and linebacker, first-team all-state at fullback and second-team all-state at linebacker as a senior. He also earned first-team all-conference honors at fullback and linebacker, and was first-team all-state at linebacker as a junior. He was named second-team all-conference at fullback and linebacker as a sophomore.
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