| Ryan Palmer
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5-10 / 186
· Career statistics
· 2008 season highlights video
· 2007 season highlights video
· 2006 season highlights video
Speedy, experienced four-year letterman at defensive back who played in 50 games, starting 25, at cornerback and on special teams ... posted 136 tackles, three sacks, nine TFL, four INT, including one returned for a TD, 24 PBU, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery during his career ... appeared in all 13 games, starting 12, in 2008 ... named second-team All-Big 12 by the Austin American-Statesman, league's coaches, Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram ... tallied 32 tackles, three sacks, eight PBU and three INTs, including one that was returned for a TD ... started all 13 games in 2007 ... second on the team in tackles with 80 to go along with six TFL, a team-high 14 PBU, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery ... appeared in all 13 games in 2006 ... totaled 16 tackles, an INT and two PBU ... played in 10 games in 2005 ... made eight tackles with seven coming on special teams ... gained valuable experience on the scout team as a redshirt in 2004 ... was an all-state sprinter in high school ... ran the first leg of the 4x100-meter relay for Texas at the 2008 Big 12 Championships and the NCAA Midwest Regional.
Played in all 13 games, starting 12 ... named second-team All-Big 12 by the Austin American-Statesman, league's coaches, Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram and honorable mention All-Big 12 by The Associated Press ... helped UT rank first in the Big 12 in scoring defense (18.8 ppg/18th NCAA), total defense (342.9 ypg), rushing defense (83.5 ypg/third NCAA) and second in pass efficiency defense (124.2 rating) ... recorded 32 tackles, three sacks, eight PBU and three INTs, returning one for a TD ... tallied two tackles and an INT versus FAU ... notched two tackles and a PBU at UTEP ... recorded a team-high eight tackles against Rice ... posted one tackle versus Arkansas ... notched his first career sack and a PBU at Colorado ... added two tackles against No. 1 Oklahoma ... logged four tackles, a PBU and an INT versus No. 11 Missouri ... recorded two tackles against No. 7 Oklahoma State ... added a PBU at No. 6 Texas Tech ... notched two tackles, a sack, a pressure and a PBU and also recorded his first career touchdown by returning an INT 22 yards against Baylor ... added three tackles, two PBU and a pressure at Kansas ... posted three tackles and a sack against Texas A&M ... added two tackles and a PBU in UT's 24-21 victory over No. 10 Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.
Started all 13 games ... named one of UT's Lowe's Most Improved Defensive Players ... helped UT allow just 93.4 rushing yards per game (sixth NCAA) ... second on the team in tackles with 80 to go along with six TFL, a team-high 14 PBU, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery ... established a career high with 10 tackles, including a TFL, against Arkansas State ... notched six tackles and two PBU versus No. 19 TCU ... posted six tackles, a career-high three PBU and a forced fumble at UCF ... tallied five tackles and two PBU versus Rice ... recorded six tackles, including a TFL, and two PBU against Kansas State ... posted eight tackles, a TFL and a PBU versus No. 10 Oklahoma ... also forced a fumble against the Sooners ... matched his career high with 10 tackles and a PBU at Iowa State ... recorded six stops, including a TFL, at Baylor ... tallied four tackles against Nebraska ... posted five tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery at Oklahoma State ... tallied five stops, including a TFL, and a PBU against Texas Tech ... added five tackles and a TFL at Texas A&M ... posted three tackles and two PBU against No. 12 Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl.
Appeared in all 13 games at cornerback and on special teams ... totaled 16 tackles, seven of which came on special teams, an INT and two PBU ... recorded a tackle and posted a season-high two PBU against North Texas ... added two tackles versus No. 1 Ohio State ... notched a season-high three tackles at Rice ... tallied two tackles against Iowa State, Sam Houston State, No. 14 Oklahoma and Texas Tech ... also hauled in his first career INT at Texas Tech ... added a tackle at Kansas State and versus Iowa (Alamo Bowl).
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2005)
Played in 10 games at defensive back and on special teams ... made eight tackles with seven coming on special teams ... recorded one tackle in games against Rice, Missouri, Texas A&M and in the Big 12 Championship ... posted two tackles against Oklahoma and Kansas ... redshirted in 2004.
Coached by Anthony Criss at Bowie H.S. ... three-year starter at cornerback ... a two-time first-team all-district pick in football who also was an all-state sprinter in track and field ... played wide receiver as a prep junior and senior ... tabbed first-team all-district 6-5A as a senior ... posted 45 tackles and four interceptions that year ... also made 13 catches for 350 yards and five TDs ... had five receptions for 105 yards and scored three TDs on a pass reception, an 85-yard kickoff return and a 75-yard interception return versus Martin during his senior year ... earned first-team all-district honors as a utility player as a junior, starring both as a kick returner and cornerback ... made 85 tackles and one interception and had five catches for 75 yards that year ... was a starter and had two interceptions as a sophomore ... also one of the state's top sprinters in track & field ... finished fourth in the 100 meters (10.58) and led his team to a victory in the 400 meter relay (40.06) as well as a runner-up finish in the 800 meter relay (1:24.13) at the Texas 5A state meet as a junior.
Born in Dallas, Texas ... graduated with a degree in youth and community studies ... brother, P.J., played basketball at Tyler Junior College ... played in the same defensive backfield as former Longhorn Brandon Foster as a prepster ... a prep honor roll student who posted better than a 3.0 GPA ... active in community service ... participated in a clothes drive with the Bowie team ... enjoys video games.
THE PALMER FILE
My fantasy SportsCenter highlight is: Make an interception in the National Championship game
The record I dream of breaking is: Most interceptions in a game
Favorite movie: Menace II Society
The worst movie I ever saw was: 28 Days Later
Favorite actor: Omar Epps
Favorite actress: Sanaa Lathan
Favorite TV show: 106 & Park
I'd like to star in a music video with: Lil' Scrappy
Favorite car: Bentley
The biggest influence on my football career is: My dad