An honors candidate who quickly has earned a rating as one of the top offensive linemen in Conference USA despite just two years of playing experience in the trenches at the collegiate level ... However, maintaining or enhancing reputation will hinge on successful return from off-season shoulder surgery that forced him to sit out the entire 2009 spring practice period ... Will open the '09 campaign on the depth chart as a reserve right guard but will compete for a return to starting status if full comeback from injury is completed ... A Preseason All-Conference USA selection by Phil Steele Magazine ... Originally joined the Pirate program as an offensive lineman before one-year move to defense ... Was shuffled back to the offensive side of the ball at the start of spring drills in 2007 ... Enrolled at ECU in the fall of 2005 but officially joined the team during the summer of 2006 after completing NCAA eligibility requirements ... Originally signed with N.C. State in February, 2005.
2008: Started 12 of 14 games at right guard as a junior (did not start Marshall and Southern Miss contests) ... Finished the season with a total of 48 knockdown blocks while seeing action on 790 snaps - the highest total by any Pirate offensive linemen ... Established a career-high with seven knockdowns against UAB to help the Pirates clinch the Conference USA East Division title ... Also had five knockdowns each in games against West Virginia, Tulane and Memphis ... Had a 21-game starting streak snapped against Marshall, a run that served as the longest active starting string on the offensive unit ... Booked a season-high 72 plays from scrimmage at Virginia, one of seven contests in which he participated in 60 or more snaps ... Other knockdown notables include four each against Virginia Tech, N.C. State and Houston ... A third-team All-Conference USA selection by Phil Steele Magazine ... Provided pivotal support to a Pirate attack that generated a combined 755 total yards (377.5 ypg) and a completion percentage of 77.8 (42-of-54) during early-season victories over nationally-ranked Virginia Tech and West Virginia ... Provided pass blocking protection for a season-high 296 air yards vs. Kentucky in bowl action with participation in 62 plays and two knockdowns ... Played key role in additional ECU season-highs against UTEP - 231 rushing yards and 53 points ... Recipient of the offensive unit's Crunch Award, an honor given annually to the player with the most big hits.
2007: Named to the honorable mention All-Conference USA squad by league coaches ... Moved back to the offensive line at the start of spring drills after spending freshman campaign as a member of the defensive line ... Started all 13 games at right guard ... Recorded 35 knockdowns in a line second-best 673 plays ... Notched first collegiate start against No. 9 Virginia Tech and collected three knockdowns in 55 plays ... Logged a season-best five knockdowns in contests against UTEP and UAB ... Had a game-high four knockdowns against North Carolina and helped on pass protection for quarterback Patrick Pinkney's 406 yards (second-highest single-game performance in school history) ... Also added four KOs in 60 snaps during road win at Houston ... Co-anchored a line that produced five individual 100-yard ground and three 100-yard receiving games ... Lead blocker for Chris Johnson's record-breaking season that included 1,423 rushing yards and a 301-yard rushing game against Memphis ... Produced three knockdowns each against West Virginia (33 plays) and Boise State (52) during the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl ... Other multiple knockdown efforts came vs. N.C. State, Memphis and Marshall.
2006: Made move over to the defensive line to help address personnel shortages ... Experienced action in six games (West Virginia, Virginia, Tulsa, SMU, Rice and USF) at the tackle slot ... Recorded three tackles (two solo) ... Booked a season-high two stops vs. Tulsa ... Also added single tally against Virginia during ECU win at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
High School: Earned all-conference honors as both an offensive guard and a defensive tackle at Douglas Byrd High School for coach Bob Paroli as a senior ... Named to the Fayetteville Observer's All-Cape Fear Region Team ... A Shrine Bowl selection ... Bench pressed 400 pounds during last prep season - in fact, reportedly pressed 275 pounds 17 times in a row ... Earned additional letters as a track and field standout as well.
Personal: Full name is Douglas Devonn Palmer ... Born September 24, 1987 ... A communications major.