Based on his physique, Jacob Palmarin isn't going to shed many tacklers with fancy footwork, jukes or spins.
It seems the Kamloops Broncos' starting running back would rather run over a defender anyway.
Palmarin, a second-year player with the Kamloops Broncos, is third in the B.C. Football Conference with 190 rushing yards through three games. He has been a big part of an offence that, despite the Broncos' 0-2-1 record, has performed rather well over the last two games.
Palmarin managed only 10 yards in the Broncos' season-opening 51-0 loss to the Rams in Langley on July 27, but followed up with 106 yards in a 29-29 tie with the Valley Huskers in Chilliwack on Aug. 3. Despite an Achilles injury, he gained 74 yards when the Huskers came into Kamloops and won 33-30 on Saturday.
Palmarin has fought for every inch, a bit of a change from his school days.
"In high school, I was more shifty," said Palmarin, a Nanaimo native who graduated from Catholic Central in Lethbridge. "When I started working out hard, I moved more into a power back."
Palmarin declared himself ready to go for Saturday's home game against the Okanagan Sun at Hillside Stadium. A sore Achilles tendon in his right leg limited him in Week 3, as he picked up 74 yards on 10 carries, only one of them - a 21-yard rumble - in the second half.
Without Palmarin's size in the game, it changed the dynamic of the Broncos' offence, despite it ending up with a pretty balanced attack - 32 rushes, 39 passes.
"I'm always looking at getting a good (run-pass) ratio, and it's been almost even this season," said Broncos head coach Duncan Olthuis. "Jake has excelled . . . he's really helped us."
Palmarin came to Kamloops after Evan Parr, who played with the Broncos in 2012, recommended the running back to Olthuis. Palmarin had just been cut by the U of Regina Rams, and took some convincing before he believed that he would be guaranteed a spot in Kamloops.
"His dad called me - he was a little skeptical," Olthuis said. "(Palmarin) came out, and as soon as we saw him, we could tell he was athletic."
He played sparingly in 2012, putting up a respectable 118 yards on 22 carries, while scoring two touchdowns.
Now carrying 195 pounds on his 5-foot-10 frame, Palmarin's hard work off the field is helping him on it.
"The gym is pretty much my life," said Palmarin, who plans to get into kinesiology at the U of Lethbridge. "I want to be a trainer one day."
Putting up numbers against Okanagan will be a bigger challenge for Palmarin, as the Sun is one of the strongest teams in the conference. The Sun, according to Olthuis, plays a 3-3-6 defence filled with athletic, speedy players.
It'll be a new look for Palmarin, but the approach won't change.
"More trucks for me. More breaking tackles, that's what it is," he said. "Gotta run hard."
EXTRA POINTS: Game time is 7 p.m. . . . The BCFC's leading rusher is Okanagan's Dillon Fortune, who has picked up 276 yards. . . . The Sun had won all three of its opening games, but had a 65-10 victory over the Huskers on July 27 overturned for using an ineligible players. The Sun is appealing, and Broncos president Dino Bernardo called the ruling "a travesty."