Arizona: 3L ... Palmer takes over in 2008 as the elder in the middle of the defense... Second to all-conference pick Spencer Larsen with 83 tackles in 2007, plus broke up four passes and recovered a fumble... Had three tackles for loss... Within reach, with a good campaign, of the 300-tackle career level reached by 16 previous Wildcats... Twelve-game starter... Season-high 11 tackles against Oregon... Two tackles for loss at USC... As a sophomore in 2006 he was 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 ... SuperPrep All-Midlands preseason and postseason selection ... 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 ... Recorded 73 tackles his junior year and 70 as a senior ... 5Atexasfootball.com 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 ... Collegesports.com 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 sociology... 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 ... Church song leader and communion service aide, plus youth mentoring... 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 totals
Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Other
2005 6-5 18 20 38 2-14 1.5 SK,
2006 12-11 41 28 69 5-10 2 INT, 6 PD, 2 FF, FR
2007 12-12 54 29 83 3-9 4 PD, FR
Total 30-28 113 77 190 10-33 2 INT, 1.5 SK, 10 PD, 2 FF, 2 FR