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3 questions with Panthers TE Eric Wallace, who already has a Cam Newton nickname

Carolina Panthers rookie tight end Eric Wallace already has a nickname from quarterback Cam Newton.
Carolina Panthers rookie tight end Eric Wallace already has a nickname from quarterback Cam Newton. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Three questions with Carolina Panthers tight end Eric Wallace:

Q. What was it like being recruited by Roy Williams (as a sophomore at Glenn High)?

A. Growing up being recruited by Roy Williams and Skip Prosser, rest in peace, that was an experience definitely for a 16- or 17-year-old kid. And having an opportunity to go to Ohio State under Thad Matta, that was really an eye-opening experience. But I’m here now. I’m here to play football.

Q. What was your pitch to Panthers receivers coach Ricky Proehl?

A. I basically said I wanted to play. I think once I stood up and he looked up and saw how big I was (6-6, 260), I think he really kind of listened to what I had to say. I just told him about Australia and told I went to New Orleans’ minicamp, how I got that invitation. We just had a back-and-forth about where I came from.

Q. Cam Newton called Brandon Williams (a former Panthers TE and a friend of Wallace’s) “Swole Bones.” Does he have a nickname for you yet?

A. Tall Swole (laughs). It’s hilarious.

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