The Baylor Bears will be without the services of defensive end Jamal Palmer for the remainder of the 2014 season after he suffered a torn ACL in Saturday’s game against the Texas Longhorns. Palmer started five games prior to the injury and had been a mainstay along the defensive line.
The injury occurred during Saturday’s 28-7 win over UT and he was replaced by freshman K.J. Smith. In his redshirt freshman campaign, Smith had been equally impressive totaling 14 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.
In 2013, Palmer was named an All-Big 12 honorable mention selection after racking up 11 tackles for loss to go along with five sacks. In 2014, the promising totals created even higher expectations for Palmer, who had already recorded 14 tackles, 2.5 sacks and three tackles for a loss. Palmer was hoping to improve in his sophomore campaign and catapult himself into the discussion for first team All-Big 12 honors, but will miss that opportunity as he watched the rest of the season from the sidelines.
Still, Palmer will have another year of eligibility along the Bears front four and will hopefully be able to return fully healthy a season from now. The fifth ranked Baylor team will sorely miss Palmer’s contributions up front, but should be able to suffice with an extremely deep roster at its disposal.
In the final six games, the Bears will face four ranked opponents beginning with a high-octane matchup with the No. 9 TCU Horned Frogs.
*Section photo credit to Tony Gutierrez, Associated Press; Featured photo (above) credit to Ed Zurga, Associated Press