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57 DAYS TO 2022 KICKOFF: Beau Palmer

In which BracketCat counts down the 57th day until the 2022 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State linebacker Beau Palmer.

#57 Colborn Couchman
Sophomore Beau Palmer is the first walk-on linebacker to wear No. 57 since Colborn Couchman (57) five years ago. Perhaps he even will eventually earn a scholarship like Couchman.
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NOTE: Kansas State has elected to advance players’ classification even though the 2020 season did not affect eligibility. Those who wish to take advantage of this extra year will be listed as a (“super”) senior again after their original eligibility would have been exhausted.

#57 Beau Palmer

Redshirt Sophomore | 6-2 | 222 lbs. | Overland Park, Kansas
Beau Palmer
Beau Palmer
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Linebacker
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Special Teams
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

Beau Palmer (b. July 5, 2001) is a preferred walk-on linebacker from Blue Valley High School in Overland Park who is majoring in business administration.

He redshirted and did not see any game action in 2020, but played in two games in 2021, seeing time on kickoff coverage against both Nevada and Oklahoma.

He projects as a continued scout teamer and special teams player in 2022 and beyond.

Palmer prepped under head coach Allen Terrell at Blue Valley, where he earned first-team all-state accolades from The Topeka Capital-Journal, The Wichita Eagle and the Kansas Football Coaches Association as a senior.

A two-time all-league linebacker, including first-team honors as a senior, Palmer totaled 161 career tackles for the Tigers, including 80 during his senior campaign.

He had four forced fumbles, two recoveries, a blocked punt return for a touchdown and a pick-six, and also lettered in track and field.

Palmer’s uncle, Adam Helm, was a legendary backup quarterback for K-State who lettered in both 1998 and 1999, while his grandfather, J.D. Helm, played football at Kansas, although we try not to hold that against Beau.