The returning starter at tight end ... had an excellent spring practice ... appears primed for a big year in his final season with the Irish in 2004 ... was the primary starter at tight end last season ... has earned two monograms with the Irish ... was selected in the 2004 Canadian Football League Draft by the British Columbia Lions, who claimed CFL rights to him when his Notre Dame career is completed ... a tough, hard-nosed player who has made major strides towards becoming a complete player over the last year ... made a one-handed grab of a Brady Quinn pass for a 30-yard gain in the 2004 Blue-Gold Game ... grew up as a rugby and hockey player in his native Canada and is still learning the game ... equally valuable as a blocker or receiver ... comes from a football family as his father played in the Canadian Football League and his brother, Jesse, plays quarterback for the New York Giants ... his brother starred this past spring in the ABC television series, "The Bachelor".
2003 (SENIOR): Played in all 12 games and started nine contests ... made one catch for 13 yards on the season ... was credited with four tackles (three solos) on special teams ... ascended into the starting job due to Gary Godsey's knee injury ... asserted himself as a great blocking tight end ... also played extensively on special teams ... served as a game captain for the first time versus Michigan State ... made his only catch of the season against the Spartans, a 13-yard catch ... served as a game captain for the Boston College game ... played 173:14 (most of any Irish tight end) and made 132 special teams appearances on the season.
2002 (JUNIOR): Played in all 13 games (started once) as a reserve tight end and on special teams ... made one catch for four yards on the season, that reception coming against Navy ... made first career start versus Southern California as the Irish opened the game with two tight ends ... played 81:28 and made 97 special teams appearances on the season.
2001 (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in one game (Navy) ... did not have a catch ... played 2:01 on the season.
2000 (FRESHMAN): Did not see game action at tight end for the Irish in 2000.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Lake Highland Prep in Orlando, Fla. ... helped lead the team to a 9-2 mark in 1999 as a senior, catching eight passes (one for a touchdown) while playing tight end, defensive end and offensive guard ... made more than 50 tackles and eight sacks as a defensive end in 1999 ... captain of his team as a senior ... a two-time all-league pick who won all-state honors as a senior ... grew up in Canada where his father, Bill, played in the Canadian Football League (linebacker and punter for four different teams) with former Irish athletic director Mike Wadsworth after playing collegiately at Bowling Green ... played tackle with former Irish All-America center Jeff Faine in 1998 at Seminole (Fla.) High School before transferring to Lake Highland Prep ... as a sophomore, he played football for a Canadian club team called Myers Riders ... a standout rugby player at St. Pius X High School in Canada ... chosen to the Team Canada under-18 national rugby squad in 1998, but did not compete because his family moved to Florida ... selected for the Florida-Georgia all-star football game and the all-Central Florida all-star game ... second oldest of three children ... born Jan. 27, 1981, in Ottawa, Ontario ... full name is William John Luke Palmer ... enrolled in Mendoza College of Business, majoring in marketing and economics.
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