Once again three former Thomson Bulldogs found themselves on the same Division I college football field.
When Louisville and Middle Tennessee State faced off Friday evening on ESPN2, Demarco McNair, Willie Williams and Deon Palmer were there. The then 8th-ranked Louisville Cardinals showed why they're in the top 10 with a 44-17 win over the Blue Raiders.
McNair, although still leading the Blue Raiders in all-purpose yardage, struggled against the Cardinals' defense. He ran for 24 yards on 13 carries and caught one pass for a loss of 6 yards. During his career at Thomson, McNair made the 1000 yard rushing club three years in a row.
Across the line of scrimmage from McNair, Williams made his first start on defensive line for the Cardinals and had two tackles in the game. Williams played offensive line for Thomson and signed at Louisville after a stint at Georgia Military.
This was the first game in the 2006 season that Deon Palmer hadn't put in some time at safety for Louisville. Palmer led Thomson's offense to a 2002 state championship at quarterback. He started at Georgia Southern and transferred to Louisville where he played in 10 games last season.
All three players were part of Thomson's 2002 state championship team.