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Ronnie Palmer
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 17, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Arizona: 2L ... One of the reasons for UA’s surge to No. 4 in Pac-10 total defense was the steady play of its middle level and a healthy Palmer at middle linebacker... Second on squad with 69 tackles, with five for losses and two interceptions, two forced fumbles, plus unit-high six passes broken up... Started all but UCLA game... Season-high 10 tackles vs. OSU, with nine vs. USC and LSU...  Earned honorable mention Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News in 2005... His early absence following an injury in camp stalled the Cats’ defensive development that year... Missed the first five games of the year... Finished with 38 tackles in six games, two of those for losses and 1.5 sacks... Showed his promise with a career-high 14 tackles in his third game back at Oregon State... A strong ’05 spring propelled him into the picture... Redshirted the 2004 season.


High School: Spring High School, Spring, Texas, 2004... SuperPrep All-Southwest honors and listed as the No. 32 prospect in Texas ...

PrepStar All-Midlands preseason and postseason selection ... Top 100 No. 18 inside linebacker prospect ... No. 44 ... Houston Chronicle Top 100 ... Fort Worth Star-Telegram State 100 honors ... Max Emfinger national Top 100 honors with a five-star inside linebacker rating among national Top 10 at the position ... Emfinger Fabulous 50 Linebackers and National 150 Playmakers citations ... Recorded 73 tackles his junior year and 70 as a senior ... Top 10 linebacker ... Lone Star Recruiting Top 10 linebacker ... Co-defensive player of the year in District 15-5A and all-district selection as a junior and senior ... Super Prospect LB ... Played quarterback as a sophomore ... Also played basketball, lettering twice and serving as captain his senior year ... Three-year football and track letterwinner ... Who’s Who Among American High School Students listee ... National Honor Society member ... Football All-Academic Team honors.


Personal: Academic major is regional development... Son of Ronnie and Arelia Palmer of Spring ... Mom graduated from Jarvis Christian College and is a teacher, father attended Kilgore College and is a firefighter ... Active in swimming and singing in high school ... Likes music, computer games and basketball ... Church song leader and communion service aide ... Active in youth mentoring during high school ... Younger sister and brother, Nia and Joseph, and older brothers, Joshua and Jeffrey, all play or played sports ... Relative of former UNLV and NBA player Isaiah Rider, as well as former football players Corey Rider (Arkansas), Jonathan Thompson (Baylor) and volleyball player Ashley Toliver ... Full name: Ronnie Renor Palmer Jr. ... Date of birth: March 29, 1986, in Houston.


Palmer's Career Stats

Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sacks Other
2005 6-5 18 20 38 2.0- 14 1.5- 13 -
2006 12-11 41 28 69 5.0-10 - 2 INT, 6 PD, 2 FF, FR
2007 - - - - - - -
2008 - - - - - - -
Totals 6-5 18 20 38 2.0- 14 1.5- 13 2 INT, 6 PD, 2 FF, FR


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