Chat with Jordan Palmer
Palmer, who owns all of UTEP's career passing and total offense records, threw for 3,503 yards and 29 touchdowns in 2005 - both single-season school records. He led the Miners to an 8-4 record last season, including a berth in the GMAC Bowl against Toledo. This summer, Palmer was among the players named to the Maxwell Award Watch List.
Send your questions for Jordan now, then check back at 4 p.m. ET to see his answers.
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Buzzmaster (3:58 PM)
Jordan's here! Let's get started!
Craig Evans El Paso, TX
Can you compare Tyler Ebell to Marcus Thomas? Can you include their strengths and areas they would look to improve upon?
Jordan Palmer (3:59 PM)
They're both very different. Marcus is more of a power guy. We can rely on him for a whole game, a whole season. Ebell is a quicker, slash runner.
Jordan, are you over your ankle/foot injury from last year. How do you fell about this years receiving corps? Are the underclassmen ready to step in if a starter gets hurt.
Jordan Palmer (3:59 PM)
Definitely 100% over the ankle injury. This year's receiving corps is looking good and a couple of new guys that are going to help out. We expect big things.
Justin, Tempe, Az.
How would you compare the fans of El Paso to those of other teams you have played against and how important is it to have them support the team both on and off the field?
Jordan Palmer (4:00 PM)
I think we have a great fan base in El Paso, who has been very consistent. On the road, we've sometimes had a bigger crowd than the home team.
Jeeber (Lewisville, TX)
Hey Jordan, looking forward to seeing you destroy even more passing records this year! We all know that Johnnie Lee Higgins is the big play threat in the offense, but who is going to step up to replace Chris Francies as Mr Dependable?
Jordan Palmer (4:01 PM)
I think Lorne Sam is going to have a lot of high expectations as well as Chris Marrow.
Craig Evans El Paso, TX
Jordan, I know that many factors contributed to the interceptions that were thrown last year, many of which were out of your control, but can you tell us what steps have been taken that you think will help to cut that number down this year?
Jordan Palmer (4:03 PM)
I think it's been eliminating the mental mistakes. As you said, there are some INTs that will come naturally, but there are some things that I can do to cut them down. The things I did last year was I tried to get greedy and try to make the big play. I think cutting down on that will help with a lot less turnovers this year.
David from El Paso, Texas
Hey Jordan I'm a season ticket holder and this year I'll be in San Diego to root you and the team on! My question the last couple of years we had strong starts but key losses at the end of the season going into the bowl game. What do we have to do to maintain a strong year this year especially at the end of the season?
Jordan Palmer (4:04 PM)
I think staying disciplined and staying humble are going to be two things that will help us this year. To be able to finish the season, you have to be a good team, not just talent, but comraderie and being a team and I think we have more of that than any other year.
Why dont you guys give us aggies a break up here in Cruces and not completly destroy us this year for a change.
pack (austin, tx)
Hey Jordan, Two quick ones: Who was your football idol growing up? (other than Carson, if that was going to be your answer) also, Is there any pro team in particular that you've dreamt of playing for?
Jordan Palmer (4:05 PM)
I dreamed of playing for the Dallas Cowboys. I liked Elway when I was growing up.
Jordan you guys are expecting a big year, what changes have seen from the team this year as far as offseason workouts as compared to other years?
Jordan Palmer (4:06 PM)
Effort and committment for sure. We've always worked really hard out here, but there's something different. We have a lot of seniors this year, so that may be part of it. But this offseason has been the best one since Coach Price has been here.
Daniel (El Paso, TX)
A lot of young guys on the o-line, do you have any concerns with them not being ready for the first couple games.. and for any thereafter, for that matter?
Jordan Palmer (4:07 PM)
Well, the young guys have been working real hard both learning the offense and in the physical sense. We can just hope that they're ready when the lights go on. We're all expecting big things.
Randall, Artesia NM
What are your goals for this season.
Jordan Palmer (4:08 PM)
First, I really want to end my career with a championship for the city and the school. It would mean a lot. All the specific goals that I have, if I have a championship, that will mean that I came through with those goals.
Michael from El Paso, Texas
Hey Jordan, Have you ever gotten sick of every article stating you're Carson's little brother? Also, you just mentioned Lorne is going to have a big season at receiver, has he made a move there permanently? Good luck this season and Go Miners!!
Jordan Palmer (4:09 PM)
Lorne is going to be working both in camp. If something happens to me then he'll be there. He'll be working more in camp as a receiver. It doesn't bother me as Carson's little brother. Even when I was in third grade and he was in 7th grade, I was being compared to him. We all have older siblings like that.
Johnny (El Paso, TX)
UTEP's schedule is definitely harder than last years. Other than the 4 games on the road in 5 weeks, what part of the schedule do you find the most challenging?
Jordan Palmer (4:10 PM)
I think if we can start the season 4-0, which is possible, then we can be setting ourselves up for a bigger year than people are anticipating. Half of our team is from California, so opening the season at San Diego is going to be a lot of fun, but we have to stay under control.
kyyote El Paso TX
What do you think will be the key to winning the game against Texas Tech?
Jordan Palmer (4:11 PM)
I think taking advantage of the big plays. With as many passes taht will be thrown that game, we need to take advantage of the plays that we get. Defense also, whoever plays better defense will win.
Mark (El Paso, TX)
JP... I have a two part question for you. After high expectations last season and to finish the way the team did how does that inspire you for this season? With the high expectations on the team and also yourself are you feeling any pressure to the extent of having to put the team on your shoulders or are you looking to go out there and just have fun so to speak?
Jordan Palmer (4:13 PM)
For the first part, I think finishing the season the way we did last year was humbling and it also let us know how close we were to having the season that no one would forget. Now we've learned the things where we can finish the season. Now we have a lot of seniors to lead the team.
Jordan Palmer (4:13 PM)
If I need to do more than I've needed to do before, than I'll be ready to do so.
albert (alberta, canada)
What has been the toughest loss at UTEP since you began your career?
Jordan Palmer (4:14 PM)
I think the Memphis game this last year. Because we broke all our passing records for a game, but couldn't score in the red zone. It was the first time I tried to make a comeback on my own and couldn't do it.
Looking forward to seeing another strong offensive performance from you this season. Any thoughts in the back of your mind on where you might fall in next years NFL draft?
Jordan Palmer (4:15 PM)
I haven't really put a whole lot of thought into it. I really want to win a championship and whatever happens after that happens.
Jordan are you a big Bengals fan now or just a Carson supporter?
Jordan Palmer (4:16 PM)
I'd say I'm a big Bengals fan, just from getting to know the other players. I want him to win, so I guess I want them to win. Look out for the Bengals in '06.
Abe, Fort Worth
Jordan, What has been the most significant piece of advice Mike Price has given you that has helped your game develop?
Jordan Palmer (4:17 PM)
Just keep it simple. That's what he preaches. The harder you make it on yourself, the easier you make it on the defense.
D.W. Orlando, FL
Jordan: Are there plans to use Marcus Thomas more on pass routes out of the backfield? Go Miners
Jordan Palmer (4:18 PM)
We'd like to, because he has the ability to get through the line of scrimmage and he has the ability to run by everybody. We do use him a lot right now. I think we're one of the bigger screen teams in the country.
Jordan Palmer (4:19 PM)
I appreciate the support and expect big things from us this year. Thanks for chatting.
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