Adds depth as the primary backup at the tight end
position .... The team's best blocking tight end ...
Used primarily on special teams and in blocking
situations ... Coaching staff is counting on him to
provide leadership to the team ... Smart player
who plays hard and gives everything he has on the
field ... Enjoyed a healthy 2005, after being
plagued by injuries in his first two seasons ...
Came to Southern Miss as a tight end in 2002,
moved to defensive line in 2003, before moving
back to tight end last season ... Conference USA
Academic Medalist ... Awarded the 2005 New
Orleans Bowl Scholar Athlete Award ... Athletic
Director's Honor Roll ... 2005 (r-Jr.): Played in 11
games ... Used in a season-high 31 plays against
McNeese State (9/17) ... Saw action in 20 plays at Alabama (9/10) ... Caught his first career pass against McNeese State on a nine-yard reception ... Had an assist against Alabama (9/10) and made a solo tackle against Tulane (11/26) ... 2004 (r-So.): Saw action in nine games ... Played in more than 70 snaps, including a season-best 14 against East Carolina (10/23) and Cincinnati (11/6) ... Used in double tight end situations ...
Participated in 10 plays against Cal (12/4) ... Had
two kickoff returns against Memphis (11/12) ...
Recorded a season-long kickoff return of 10 yards
against Memphis (11/12) ... 2003 (r-Fr.): Played
in five games and had three tackles on the year as
a defensive end ... Saw action in a season-high
eight plays against Louisiana-Lafayette (11/1) ...
Finished that game with three tackles, two of
which were unassisted ... 2002 (Fr.): Redshirted
... Prep: Played for Coach Mike Owens at Lee
High School ... Three-year letterwinner and started
three-years ... Finished with 24 catches for 238
yards, scored five touchdowns and scored three
two-point conversions for his career ... As a sen-ior,
he finished with six catches for 75 yards and a
touchdown as a tight end ... Had 14 tackles, three
assists, one sack, and two forced fumbles as a
defensive tackle his senior year ... For his career,
he finished with 68 tackles and eight sacks ... A
first-team all-district selection at both tight end
and defensive tackle ... An honorable-mention all-state
honoree by the Texas Sportswriters at tight
end ... Four-star rating and among the top 20 tight
ends in the nation by Max Emfinger's Blue Chip
Recruiting ... A three-star rating and 59th best
defensive end by Borderwars.com ... Dave
Campbell's Texas Football Magazine Top-300 ...
Team captain ... Voted team's outstanding defen-sive
lineman ... Led his team to the second round
of the playoffs all three years ... In the top 10 of
his class ... National Honor Society ... Fellowship
of Christian Athletes ... Named to the 5A Football
Academic All-State Second-Team ... Finished as
a semifinalist for the Texas Christian Athlete of
the Year ... U.S. Army Scholar Athlete ...
Personal: Son of Ricky and Frances Palmer ...
Majoring in speech communication ... Born July