Ashlee Palmer, the 6-2 1/2, 214-pound free safety signed at mid-semester, is anxious to get things going in his Rebel career.
But first things first.
"I know where my classes are," the personable Palmer laughed. "That's a good start. School is going great and we just had our first offseason workout this morning. I went to the 6 a.m. opportunity."
Ashlee expects to be sore from the new workout regimen. If not, he won't feel like he's accomplishing anything.
"I'm a little sore from the voluntary lifting I did Friday, but if you're not sore for the first few sessions, you're not getting anything done," he said, again with the infectious smile he seems to permanently carry with him.
Palmer is currently trying to get acclimated to his new teammates.
"Mark Jean-Louis and Jevan Snead and I connected immediately because we all came in here mid-semester under the same conditions, but we're hanging with the whole team," he noted. "The team is great. It's a great bunch of guys who care. We do everything together. If we go out, we go out together. When we eat, we eat together. It's what a team is all about."
Ashlee is penciled in as a free safety. What will we see when we get a chance to eyeball Mr. Palmer?
"Plays being made. That's what I do - I make plays," he said. "I'm learning right now, but my history is as a playmaker."
Ashlee is preparing for spring practice by watching film on his own of last year's free safety - Charles Clark - and the rest of the defense.
"I watch film every day and I get into my playbook every night before I go to sleep. I think I'm coming along pretty good. I know about half of my playbook already and I can see things on film that I need to know," he continued. "I have played free safety before, but with different fronts and only two coverages - man or cover two.
"In this package, I'm all over the place and ther are severeal more coverages I will have to learn and get used to."
Ashlee said he believes man coverage is a strength of his.
"In my mind, I can cover anybody, you know," he said. "Nothing wrong with being confident."
The offseason will be a time for Ashlee to get in better shape.
"I want to get a little more ripped, but my weight is good. I run well at 214 pounds, so I don't want that to change too much," Palmer added. "I just want to get ripped up and get in the best shape I can be in for spring training. I don't want to be in a position of having to take plays off - I don't like to take plays off."
Palmer's goals are simple.
"I just want to go out there and do what I do - have fun and make plays," said Palmer. "I would like to work hard, earn the starting slot at FS and go from there.
"Even though Charles will not be around to mentor me, all the other guys around me know the system and Jamarca (Sanford) knows free safety."
Ashlee is adapting to Oxford "very well."
"My Mother is originally from the South, so it's not a shock to me. I love the small town environment because you don't have to go a long way to get somewhere. I'm fine," he closed.
Palmer, who was recruited by Ole Miss last year but signed with Washington only to be declared ineligible, is getting a new lease on his football life.
He intends to make the most of it.
Ashlee Palmer update
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