UAlbany Football BIO
Jamal Merritt
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Jamal Merritt 1883527
Position: Safety
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 202
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Silver Springs, Md.
High School: Sherwood
Other College: New Mexico

2015: Started all 11 games … Totaled 59 tackles, including 38 solo … Led the team with four interceptions for a total of 69 return yards … Also forced two fumbles and recovered one … Logged four tackles (three solo), a fumble recovery, and an interception for 42 yards in win over Rhode Island (Sept. 12) … Recorded a season-high nine tackles (eight solo), as well as forced a fumble and intercepted a pass for 12 yards vs. New Hampshire (Nov. 14) … Had a 15-yard interception return and six tackles at Richmond (Oct. 31) … Brought down eight (five solo) and intercepted a pass at James Madison (Sept. 19).

2014: Played in 10 games … Totaled 12 tackles, including five solo … Intercepted a pass and returned it 48 yards against Columbia (Sept. 27) … Also had three tackles and two pass breakup against the Lions ... Recorded a season-high six tackles (2 solo) vs. Richmond (Oct. 11).

Transferred to UAlbany from the University of New Mexico in 2014.

2013: Redshirted.

2012 (SOPHOMORE): Played in six games with three starts at strong safety ... tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Texas State on Oct. 6 ... finished the season with 17 tackles and two pass breakups on the season ... finished with a career-high seven total tackles (three solo, four assist) and one pass breakup against No. 24 Boise State on Sept. 29 ... started the first game of his career against New Mexico State on Sept. 22 and responded with five tackles (two solo, three assist) ... also broke up the first pass of his career against the Aggies ... recorded three solo tackles at Texas Tech on Sept. 15.

2011 (TRUE FRESHMAN): A reserve safety the first half of the season, Merritt amassed nine tackles with one fumble recovery and one pass breakup ... had a career-high three tackles against Sam Houston State in week four...add two tackles and a fumble recovery against Nevada in week six ... switched to wide receiver due to injuries to the position ... had two catches for 18 yards, including a career-long 14 yarder, in his debut against San Diego State ... finished with three catches for 29 yards.

HIGH SCHOOL:Named a three-star defensive back by with great skills...played at Sherwood High School for head coach Al Thomas ... played in the 2010 Crab Bowl as a cornerback ... chose New Mexico over Ohio, East Carolina and Rutgers ... led his team to a 10-2 record as a senior ... ranked as the 17th best recruit in Maryland ... has great speed and athletic ability ... great ball instincts and is a real hitter in run support ... played as a defensive back and a wide receiver at Sherwood ... has great balance and is explosive with the football in his hands...returns kicks and has a nose for the football ... first Sherwood player to sign a Division I-A NLI since 2009 ... honorable mention all-state in 2010 as a defensive back ... also competed in track.

PERSONAL: Son of Adrian and Richard Merritt.

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