Like Locker, Palmer was the local phenom high-school quarterback (at Rancho Santa Margarita High, outside Los Angeles) who went to the nearby former powerhouse college, hoping to restore its tradition. USC for Palmer, Washington for Locker.
Like Locker, Palmer had some early success (his first start came in a win over the Huskies in 1998), only to see his career stunted.
Like Locker, Palmer missed most of a season due to an injury. Palmer broke his right collarbone in the third game of his second year as a starter; Locker broke his thumb in the fourth game of his second year as a starter.