2018 (Sophomore): Played in seven games along the defensive front making two starts … Missed the first four games of the season before seeing his first action at Samford (Oct. 6) … Finished with 24 tackles on the season including eight solo stops and 2.5 tackles for loss … Posted 1.5 tackles for loss including a sack against Chattanooga (Oct. 13) … Credited with a career-high 11 tackles against The Citadel (Nov. 3)
2017 (Freshman): Played in eight of the team's 12 games on the season as a substitution along the defensive line and on special teams ... Finished the year with six total tackles including four solo stops and one tackle for loss coming against FBS-foe, North Carolina (Nov. 18) ... Made his collegiate debut in the home-opener against Davidson (Sept. 9) ... Recorded his first career tackle against nationally-ranked Samford (Sept. 23) ... Named to the 2017-18 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.
Prior to Western Carolina: Was a part of the Alabama State 7-A high school football championship team as a senior, collecting one of Hoover High's nine sacks in the title game ... Selected to the "Over the Mountain Journal" All-OTM football team ... High school head coach was Josh Niblett.
Personal: Full name is Ricardo A. Palao ... Is the son of Ricardo
Tackles: 11, THE CITADEL (11/3/18)
Tackles for Loss: 1.5, CHATTANOOGA (10/13/18)