FB Tolbert's versatility paying off for Panthers

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 2, 2013 at 3:30 pm •  Published: December 2, 2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert says he's used to defenders underestimating him when he has the ball in his hands.

He's hoping they continue to do so.

The squatty 5-foot-9, 245-pound Tolbert doesn't look like he'd be tough to tackle or particularly fast. But Tolbert's low center of gravity and surprising speed has made him a valuable and versatile commodity for the Panthers (9-3), who beat Tampa Bay on Sunday for their eighth straight victory.

He says with a laugh that defenders "see a guy that is short and fat and they think, 'Oh yeah, we got him no problem.'" But Tolbert adds that, "Then they are like 'Whoa, where did he get those feet from? I didn't know he was that fast.'"

The Panthers play at New Orleans on Sunday night.


AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org


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