2005 (Sophomore): Played in all 11 games and started the final three against Maryland, Duke and Virginia Tech Had 17 tackles, including five tackles for losses, one sack, five quarterback hurries and one pass breakup Posted three tackles, including a tackle for loss, at Virginia Tech Assisted on one tackle at Miami Had a career-high four stops, including 1.5 tackles for losses, in a 7-5 win over Virginia Registered three tackles at Louisville Had one tackle in the win over Utah Posted two tackles and made his first career sack in the win at NC State Assisted on one tackle vs. Wisconsin Posted two tackles, including a tackle for loss, at Georgia Tech.
2004 (Freshman): One of 13 true freshmen to see action Played in nine games as a defensive end Had one tackle at Utah.
Personal: Favorite football players as a kid were Lawrence Taylor and Reggie White His goal this year is to help the team get back to a bowl game His dream moment is to pick off a pass Says the best thing about being a football player at Carolina is the tradition Son of Charles and Christa Balmer Born on October 15, 1986 Enrolled in the General College.
The good: A strong, quick senior tackle, Balmer is a hot prospect thanks to his prototypical NFL tackle package. He has a big-boned frame and good athleticism for an NFL defensive lineman with a nice combination of power, quickness, speed and change of direction skills. His frame has further growth potential to become a fixture on the interior of the 4-3 standard defense. He also projects to end in a 3-4 scheme.
The bad: He was a bit of an underachiever until his senior season. Balmer's questionable motor and basic instincts have been the chief areas of concern that needed to be answered. His response as a senior improved his production significantly to rank him right after the top two tackle prospects.
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