Tony Palmer
Tony Palmer

RS Senior

Midwest City, Okla.

High School:
Midwest City

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 325

Offensive Guard




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2005 Team Captain

•2004 2nd-Team All-Big 12 (Coaches)

•2004 Hon. Men. All-Big 12 (A.P.)

•2004 Team Hammer Award Winner (Most big hits)

•2004 Team Offensive Lineman of the Year

•2003 Hon. Men. All-Big 12 (A.P., Coaches)

•2002 4th-Team Freshman All-American (The Sporting News)

•2002 Big 12 All-Freshman Team (The Sporting News)

•2002 Team Interior Lineman of the Year


One of the top veteran linemen in the Big 12 Conference who will be the anchor for the line that looks to get MU's offense going in 2005 ... Should challenge for All-Big 12 line honors, as well as a possible run at national recognition ... A physical run blocker who is an emotional leader for the team, as well ... Has a total of 30 career starts under his belt (the most of any Tiger offensive line returnee) ... Resides in the trenches at the left guard position, where he is atop the depth chart heading into the spring season.


Continued his development into one of the top guards in the Big 12 Conference ... Earned 2nd-Team All-Big 12 honors from league coaches, and Hon. Men. status from the league media ... Also won team awards for most big hits on the season, as well as the team's offensive lineman of the year ... Played and started all 11 games on the season, and was often relied on to get the big block in key situations, whether going straight ahead or pulling to clear the way.


Was named to the Honorable Mention All-Big 12 team by both league coaches and media, after earning 4th-team freshman All-American honors in 2002 ... Was a key part of the offensive line that paved the way for a Tiger offensive attack that ranked 6th in the nation in rushing ... Mizzou rushed for 38 TDs and broke the school single-season scoring record, with 399 pts. (old record was 368 in 1997) ... MU's 3,089 rushing yards ranks as the 2nd-highest in school history, trailing only the 1942 (3,230 yds.) squad ... Mizzou had a pair of 1,000-yard rushers (Brad Smith w/1,406 yds. & Zack Abron w/1,155 yds.) in the same season for the 1st time in school history ... MU also led the nation in fewest turnovers (13 in 13 games), a year after leading the country in the same category (12 in 12 games in 2002) ... Was part of a three-man rotation at guard, and started 10 games on the year, including 10 of the last 11 games.


Named a 4th-Team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News as well as earning Big 12 All-Freshman Team honors from the same publication ... Had an outstanding redshirt freshman campaign, as he established himself as one of the top linemen on the squad ... Was inserted into the starting lineup for the first time in his collegiate career in week four against Troy State, and started the rest of the way ... Graded out as the second-highest lineman for the season ... Earned the team Interior Lineman of the Year award at the season ending banquet for his play ... Named offensive co-player of the week three times during the season, for his efforts against Troy State, Oklahoma and Kansas.


Redshirted in 2001 ... Played on the Tigers' offensive scout team.


Big offensive line prospect who was named the Blue Chip Offensive Lineman of the Year in the Oklahoma ... Tabbed first team all-state by the Daily Oklahoman as well as all-Metro and all-city honors ... Had a solid defensive career as well, racking up 133 tackles and forcing 11 fumbles ... Forced six fumbles on his own as a senior ... Hails from the same city that produced Missouri all-conference cornerback and 1998 Insight.com Bowl MVP Julian Jones ... High school football coach - Ricky Oliver.


Majoring in hotel and restaurant management ... Son of Richard and Adrianne Gaines ... Father is an aircraft supervisor, mother is an aircraft mechanic ... Father is also a church pastor where Tony sings and plays the piano ... Born Feb. 23, 1983.

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