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Mario Merrills

Player Profile

Columbia, Md.

High School:
Wilde Lake

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 203



On Merrills: Hard-working senior tailback who will get his best shot at a starting spot this year ... hits the hole hard and is dangerous in open space ... an Iron Terp with the highest strength index (814) on the team, a record for a Maryland running back ... numbers include a 39 ½-inch vertical jump, a 4.48 time in the 40-yard dash, a 405-pound bench press and a 670-pound squat ... squat is a 90-pound improvement over last year.

2004 (Junior): Saw action in all 11 games ... third on the team in rushing, finishing with 33 carries for 124 yards and a touchdown ... more than half of his carries (17) came in the season's final two games ... (vs. WFU) ... rushed 10 times for 41 yards ... carried seven consecutive times after entering the game in the third quarter ... juked to the outside to gain nine yards and convert a third down in the third quarter ... (at Duke) ... rushed six times for 42 yards (7.0 avg.) and had a four-yard TD run ... burst through the line of scrimmage and carried Duke defenders on his way to a season-long 21-yard gain ... pushed the pile forward for a four-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

2003 (Sophomore): Played in four games ... finished the season with 23 carries for 86 yards and one touchdown ... (vs. The Citadel) ... had his top rushing effort of the season, rushing 13 times for 42 yards and a touchdown ... TD was a 4-yard effort that capped Maryland's scoring on the day.

2002 (Redshirt Freshman): Saw action in nine games ... rushed 40 times for 157 yards (3.9 yards per carry) ... also caught six passes for 67 yards and a touchdown ... (vs. EMU) ... had first career touchdown reception on a 14-yard catch in the second quarter ... finished tied for the team lead in receptions (three) and third in yards (50) ... had six carries for 26 yards ... (vs. FSU) ... had first career reception for four yards ... (vs. Akron) ... finished as the Terps' leading rusher on the day with a career-high 79 yards on 17 carries ... had three carries over 10 yards (22, 14, 11).

2001 (Freshman): Redshirt season ... named offensive scout team Player of the Year for his efforts on the practice field.

High School: A 2001 graduate of Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Md. ... rushed for 1,743 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior ... on defense, totaled 74 tackles, eight pass breakups, six TFLs, two sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery ... selected to play in the allfirst All-Star Game following his senior season and returned a kickoff 81 yards for a touchdown to lead the Metro all-stars to victory .... had a 313-yard rushing performance as a senior against Long Reach, scoring on touchdown runs of 83, 65, 45 and 64 yards ... highly decorated player as a senior in 2000, earning SuperPrep All-America honors in the "athlete" category ... also earned consensus all-state honors from the Associated Press in addition to being named Gatorade Maryland State Player of the Year ... a Baltimore Sun All-Metro first team and Washington Post All-Met honorable mention pick as a running back ... a preseason Mid-Atlantic all-region choice by PrepStar ... was a second team Baltimore Sun All-Metro selection as a junior in 1999, totaling 1,050 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns ... was also recruited by Penn State ... high school coach was Douglas DuVall.

Personal: Mario Merrills was born January 23, 1983 ... son of Shirley and Albert Merrills ... majoring in communications ... first name is pronounced "MAHR-ee-oh."

Rushing	G-GS	Att	Net	Avg	TD	LP
2002	9-0	40	157	3.9	0	22
2003	4-0	23	86	3.7	1	9
2004	11-0	33	124	3.8	1	21
Career	24-0	96	367	3.8	2	22

Receiving	G-GS	Rec	Yds	Avg	TD	LP
2002	9-0	6	67	11.2	1	22
2003	4-0	0	0	0.0	0	--
2004	11-0	0	0	0.0	0	--
Career	13-0	6	67	11.2	1	22

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