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7 Jesse Palmer
  • Quarterback
  • 6-2, 219, Senior
  • Nepean, Ontario (St. Pius X HS)

A true senior...Saw action in 27 regular season games with 14 starts for 858 plays and played in the 1998 Citrus Bowl, 1999 Orange Bowl and 2001 Nokia Sugar Bowl...Threw for 3,755 yards (eighth in UF history), 31 TDs (ninth in school history) and completed 254 of 479 passes in his career...Career passing efficiency of 133.14...Named to 1998, 1999 and 2000 SEC Academic Honor Roll

2000 Season
A true senior ...Played in 10 of 12 games (all but Auburn and Vanderbilt) with five starts (Ball State, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi State) for 377 plays...Did not play against Auburn due to an upper respiratory condition...Did not play against Vanderbilt due to a sprained ankle he suffered against Georgia...Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for third consecutive year...Selected for the Florida Gridiron Classic All-Star Game in January and the Delchamps Senior Bowl...One of UF's five captains...116-of-223 (52.0%) for 1,653 yards with 11 TDs and four interceptions (126.97 efficiency rating) ...21-of-46 for 327 yards against Ball State with three TDs...21 completions, 46 attempts and 327 passing yards against Ball State were all career highs...75 yard touchdown pass against Ball State was the longest pass of his career...15-of-23 for 193 yards and one touchdown in start vs. Middle Tennessee...Threw game winning three-yard TD pass to Jabar Gaffney with 14 seconds to go to complete a 91-yard drive in 27-23 victory against Tennessee and completed 20-of-43 passes for 290 yards and one TD...Ran for a career high four TD's against Kentucky, which tied the school record and was the most in Gator history by a QB...Brought UF back from a 21-3 deficit vs. South Carolina, completing 15-of-27 passes for 250 yards and three TDs...Completed 17-of-30 passes with one touchdown and two interceptions against Florida State...Came in off of the bench in the Sugar Bowl and hit on six of 10 passes for 60 yards with one INT...Received UF's Most Inspirational Award on offense following spring drills...Recipient of UF's Fergie Ferguson Award for the 2000 season for the senior who displays outstanding leadership, character and courage by a vote of his teammates...Preseason honors: Ranked among the nation's top 21 quarterbacks (Lindy's) ...Ranked among the nation's top 22 quarterbacks (The Sporting News)

1999 Season
A backup at quarterback for the first nine games before starting vs. South Carolina, rotating with Doug Johnson against Florida State and starting against Alabama in the SEC Championship game... Played in five games (Western Michigan, UCF, South Carolina, Florida State and SEC Championship game vs. Alabama) with two starts (South Carolina and SEC Championship vs. Alabama) for 179 plays... Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll... Recovered from a broken clavicle suffered last year against LSU... 44-of-95 for 565 yards on the season with two touchdowns and five interceptions and a pass efficiency rating of 92.69... Played one drive in season opener versus Western Michigan and was 5-for-7 for 58 yards with one interception... In the UCF game, started the second half and was 9-of-16 for 100 yards and one TD... Made first start of year vs. South Carolina and was 15-of-33 for 161 yards with one touchdown (28-yard pass to Darrell Jackson) and one interception... Rotated every other play with Doug Johnson against Florida State and was 8-of-19 for 166 yards... Started in the SEC Championship game versus Alabama and finished 7-of-20 for 80 yards with three interceptions... Co-recipient of the offensive unit's Leadership Award during spring... Received the Dr. Lombardi GPA Award during spring.

1998 Season
UF's starting quarterback in each of the first six games who suffered a broken clavicle in the sixth game of the season vs. LSU and missed the rest of the regular season... Came off the bench for an injured Doug Johnson in the Orange Bowl... Saw action in 228 plays... 73-123 passing for 1246 yards with 14 TDs and five INTs for a pass efficiency rating of 173.87, which ranked third-best in the nation and first in the SEC when injured... Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll... Started opener vs. The Citadel and completed 18-28 passes for 301 yards (fifth-best total for a season opener in UF history) with four TDs and one INT... Was 16-31 for 292 yards with four TDs and two INTs vs. Northeast Louisiana as starter... Alternated plays with Doug Johnson versus Tennessee and completed 16-of-23 passes (including 10 straight to open game) for 210 yards with two touchdowns and one interception... 9-14 passing for 182 yards with two touchdowns and one interception vs. Kentucky in alternating role with Doug Johnson... 10-19 passing for 169 yards with one touchdown vs. Alabama in alternating role with Doug Johnson... 4-8 passing for 92 yards and a touchdown prior to suffering regular season-ending injury against LSU... Came off the bench in the Orange Bowl for an injured Doug Johnson, completing 10-14 passes for 113 yards and one touchdown, and also rushed for one touchdown.

1997 Season
Played in six games (Southern Miss, Central Michigan, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina) with one start (Auburn) for 74 plays... Also played in Citrus Bowl... 21-38 passing for 291 yards with four TDs and three INTs... Saw first career action against Central Michigan, going 4-4 passing for 53 yards and first career TD (8 yards)... 5-10 for 92 yards and two TDs (16 and 32 yards) vs. Arkansas... Made first career start vs. Auburn and was 8-14 passing for 92 yards and two interceptions... 2-7 passing for 16 yards with one interception vs. Georgia... 2-2 passing for 38 yards and one TD (3 yards) vs. South Carolina... Threw one pass for a 37-yard touchdown to Jacquez Green versus Penn State in the Citrus Bowl.

Received prep All-America honors from the National Recruiting Advisor, which ranked him among the top three QBs in this year's recruiting class... Named to Prep Star's 1996 All-America Dream Team, which also ranked him among the top four quarterback prospect... Graduated from St. Pius X High School in December... Played for a club team in Canada, the Myers Riders, rather than his high school team... Named Canadian Player of the Year in 1996... Passed for 2,934 yards and 31 touchdowns in 1996... Helped team to Provincial Championship three times (1994, 1995 and 1996)... Selected All-Star Most Valuable Player in 1995 and 1996 and was his team's MVP in 1994, 1995 and 1996... Threw eight touchdown passes and no interceptions in a game vs. Missassauga in 1996 on 3342 passing for 455 yards... Also named to All-Star team in basketball in 1994... Led East Nepean Eagles baseball team to 1994 CanAm Syracuse Baseball Tournament title, the first Canadian championship in 35year history of tournament... Considered over 40 other schools, including BYU, California, Miami and Notre Dame.

Born Jesse James Palmer on October 5, 1978 in Toronto, Ontario... Father, Bill, was a former CFL star with the Ottawa Rough Riders... Enjoys music and weightlifting in his free time... Favorite sports personality is Riddick Bowe and favorite actor is Jack Nicholson... Parents: William (Bill) and Susan Palmer... Major: Marketing and Political Science.

1997 38 21 291 55.2 3 4 37
1998 123 73 1246 59.3 5 14 70
1999 95 44 565 46.3 5 2 39
2000 223 116 1,653 52.0 4 11 75
Totals 479 254 3,755 53.0 17 31 75
1997 2 4 0 4 2.0 0 2
1998 17 11 68 -57 -3.4 0 4
1999 12 22 42 -20 -1.7 0 7
2000 36 66 117 -51 -1.4 6 15
Totals 67 103 227 -124 -1.9 6 15

46 (Ball State, 2000)
Passing TDs: 4 (The Citadel and Northeast Louisiana, 1998)
Interceptions: 2 (Auburn, 1997 and Northeast Louisiana, 1998)
Completions: 21 (Ball State, 2000)
Longest Pass Play: 75 (Ball State, 2000)
Yards: 327 (Ball State, 2000)
Longest TD Pass: 75 (Ball State, 2000)
Rushing TD: 4 (Kentucky, 2000)

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