2006 Scouting Report: Truly embodies the "field general" moniker...is a leader in word and deed who plays the quarterback position with a keen strategic mind...enters his third year as the Panthers' starter... a two-time All-Big East honoree who has All-America potential...should be considered for the Davey O'Brien Award and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which annually are presented to the nation's top quarterback... the son of one of Western Pennsylvania's most successful high school coaches, Palko started drawing up football plays at 9 years of age...a lefthander, he complements his football knowledge with a highly accurate arm...also is very effective at tucking the ball and running with it when the opportunity arises... sets the pace with his work ethic and twice has been selected a Pitt captain...his three-year passing total of 5,472 yards ranks fifth all-time at Pitt.
2005: Earned second-team All-Big East honors for the second consecutive season...selected a Pitt captain for the second straight year...also a Big East All-Academic pick...2005 stats: 193 of 341 (56.6%) for 2,392 yards, 17 TDs and 9 INTs...led Pitt with six rushing TDs...Pitt's third-leading scorer with 36 points...finished the 2005 season ranked 25th nationally in points responsible for (13.64 points/game)...ranked second in the Big East in passing yards per game (217.5 avg.) and third in total offense (204.8 avg.)... threw for 371 yards and four TDs with one INT at Rutgers on 35-of-58 passing...attempts and completions versus Rutgers marked career highs, while yardage and TDs were season bests...had his second 300-yard passing effort of the season at West Virginia when he threw for 308 yards, completing 24 of 43 with two TDs and two INTs...accounted for two TDs in the Connecticut victory, including a two-yard scoring pass and one-yard run...was 12 of 21 for 116 yards with no INTs versus the Huskies...threw for 198 yards and a TD with no INTs at Louisville on 17-of-30 passing...accounted for three TDs versus Syracuse, rushing for two and throwing for one...was 18 of 28 for 201 yards, one TD and one INT versus the Orange...was highly efficient versus South Florida, completing 15-of-21 passes for 203 yards and three TDs...also rushed for a one-yard TD versus USF... threw for 290 yards and three TDs with one INT versus Youngstown State on 14-of-22 passing...coaching staff Player of the Game honoree for the YSU contest... in the season opener against Notre Dame, threw for 220 yards on 20-of-35 passing with one TD and one INT...also rushed for a four-yard TD versus the Irish... completed 11 of 26 for 190 yards at Nebraska...threw for 175 yards on 14-of-32 passing with a 10-yard TD versus Cincinnati and also had a five-yard TD run.
2004: One of the nation's hottest QBs down the final stretch of the 2004 season...earned second team All-Big East as a first-year starter...Pitt's Offensive MVP and captain...2004 stats: 230 of 409 (56.2%) for 3,067 yards, 24 TDs and seven INTs...24 TD passes led the Big East and are the third-highest single-season total in Pitt history...season passing yardage is the most ever for a sophomore and third best overall at Pitt...was highly impressive during his final five regular-season games...during that span, Palko averaged 314 passing yards per game and threw 16 TDs against just two INTs...hit nearly 60% of his passes (114 of 193) during the five-game stretch for 1,570 yards...ranked 18th nationally in total offense (267.2 yards/game)...led the Big East and ranked 20th nationally in points responsible for (13.83 points/ game)...had four 300-yard passing games and one 400-yard passing game in 2004...burnt South Florida by hitting 67.8% of his passes (19 of 28) for a career-high 411 yards, the fifth-highest total in school history...he matched his personal best with five touchdown passes and threw no interceptions against USF...burst into the national limelight with a tremendous performance at Notre Dame...threw five touchdown passes -- an unprecedented feat against the Irish -- and completed 26-of-42 passes (61.9%) for 334 yards with no INTs...his signature moment came in the fourth quarter when he directed two late scoring drives, including one for a TD (nine-yard pass to Erik Gill) that gave Pitt a three-point lead with 2:24 left and the final drive that ended with Josh Cummings' 32-yard winning field goal with one second to play... drew national honors for his Notre Dame performance, including The Sporting News Player of the Week, Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week and USATODAY.com Player of the Week...coaching staff's Co-Offensive Player of the Game for Notre Dame contest...at Syracuse, finished 28 of 42 (66.7%) for 342 yards and three TDs with no INTs...completed 27 of 43 (62.8%) for 318 yards and three TDs versus Rutgers...highly efficient at Temple, engineering three consecutive TD drives to help Pitt overcome a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit...completed 72.2% of his passes versus Temple, hitting 13 of 18 for 191 yards and one TD, a 50-yarder to Greg Lee...was 9 of 9 in the second half for 136 yards versus the Owls...coaching staff's Offensive Player of the Game for Temple contest...with Pitt trailing 13-9 in the fourth quarter versus West Virginia, Palko orchestrated the game-winning march by completing four third-down passes before scoring on a two-yard keeper with just 4:06 left in the game...his TD run capped a methodical 14-play, 73-yard drive that gave the Panthers a 16-13 win...was exceptional versus Furman, completing 83.3% of his passes (30 of 36) for 380 yards and three TDs with no INTs...coaching staff's Co-Offensive Player of the Game for Furman contest... threw for 267 yards on 11-of-31 passing with one TD (77 yards) and one INT at Connecticut...also rushed for a team-high 49 yards against UConn and scored on a one-yard plunge to give Pitt a 17-16 lead in the third quarter...overcame a sluggish start versus Nebraska to lead a second-half rally...was 22 of 45 for 228 yards, 1 TD and 3 INTs for the game, but was 13 of 27 for 158 yards, 1 TD and no INTs in the second half...finished 12 of 27 for 131 yards against Boston College...had a career-high 55 yards rushing on 13 carries (4.2 avg.) with one TD against the Eagles...made the first start of his career versus Ohio...finished 6 of 19 for 49 yards, one TD and one INT...capped the Ohio game's scoring with his first career TD pass, a seven-yarder to Greg Lee.
2003: Did not play in any games and redshirted.
2002: Lettered as a true freshman, playing in six games...completed 2-of-3 passes for 13 yards on the season...rushed for an eight-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter of Pitt's 38-13 win over Oregon State in the Insight Bowl...directed the Panthers to their final score in the 23-3 Rutgers win...played in three series against the Scarlet Knights, hitting his lone pass attempt for six yards...had his first career pass completion - a seven-yarder to Lamar Slade - versus Texas A&M...finished 1-for-1 passing against the Aggies...made his collegiate debut against Ohio, finishing 0-for-1 passing.
High School: The Associated Press 2001 Pennsylvania Big School Player of the Year at West Allegheny High...three-time first-team honoree on The Associated Press Big School All-State Team...USA Today All-America Team (second team)... three-time Pittsburgh Post-Gazette WPIAL Class AAA Player of the Year...three-time Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22" honoree...three-time Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Player of the Year...three-time Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25" honoree... played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which invites 74 of the top high school players in the country to participate...participated in the renowned Elite 11 camp, which invites the nation's top 11 quarterbacks to California for a clinic...selected to play in the prestigious Big 33 Football Classic...had a 48-7 record (.873) in four years as West Allegheny's starting quarterback...led West Allegheny to three consecutive WPIAL Class AAA championships and three straight PIAA title games...West Allegheny won the 2001 PIAA championship, the first AAA state title ever won by a WPIAL team...completed nearly 60% of his passes (134 of 225) for 1,887 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior...also rushed for 628 yards and eight TDs his senior season...finished his high school career with 5,553 passing yards and 1,681 rushing yards... also excelled on defense at safety and totaled over 80 tackles and four interceptions as a senior...in the 2001 state championship game, Palko completed 14-of-20 passes (70%) for 202 yards and a touchdown, while also intercepting one pass on defense...his performance in the state title game lifted West Allegheny to a 28-13 win over two-time defending champion Strath Haven, which entered the contest with a 44-game winning streak...PrepStar "Dream Team"...rated the nation's No. 9 overall prospect by Tom Lemming...rated one of the nation's top seven passing quarterbacks by Max Emfinger...rated the No. 1 quarterback in the East and sixth nationally by PrepStar...PrepStar Super 30 All-Eastern Region... SuperPrep All-American...nation's No. 10 quarterback prospect by SuperPrep...No. 1 overall prospect in Pennsylvania by SuperPrep...listed by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 8 "dual-threat" quarterback... Student Sports All-American (first team)...Student Sports East Region Player of the Year...played under his father, Coach Bob Palko, at West Allegheny, earning four letters...also lettered three times in basketball and once in track and field...2002 YMCA Tribune-Review Scholar-Athlete honoree.
Personal: Tyler Robert Palko, born 8/9/83, is the son of Bob and Sally Palko...has one brother and one sister...brother (Luke) is a receiver at St. Francis (Pa.) College...earned his degree in communication and rhetoric this past May and is now pursuing a major in economics.
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