Happy 34th Birthday to UTEP Miner great Jordan Palmer, we always preferred you over your big brother.
Palmer came to Texas from California where he played at Mission Viejo High School. Gary Nord somehow fished Palmer out of SoCal and brought him to the Sun City in 2003. Palmer threw for over 1,100 yards as a freshman, before UTEP showed Nord the door and Mike Price took over the UTEP program.
The move signaled an eight-win improvement for the Miners and a Houston Bowl bid against Colorado. Palmer cemented himself as the starter with 2,818 passing yards, at the time the third most in school history and his 26 touchdown passes tied him for the most as a Miner.
In 2005 Palmer led the Miners to the GMAC Bowl, back to back bowls for the first time since 1954. Palmer set UTEP marks for single-season passing yards and touchdowns. He finished seventh in the NCAA in passing yards and sixth in touchdowns in 2005. He topped those number in 2006 even as the Miners fell to 5-7.
The Redskins drafted Palmer in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL draft. Palmer played parts of four seasons for the Bengals, Jaguars, and Titans. He hung it up in 2014. Palmer started tutoring young quarterbacks shortly after that. He’s now considered one of the better private QB coaches in the game.
He sits behind the great Trevor Vittatoe in career passing yards in UTEP history with 11,084 and second in TD passes with 88.
Have yourself a day Jordan Palmer.