On Merriman : Third-year player with tremendous physical skills ... set to start at one defensive end position after playing the hybrid "Leo" position last year ... has great size and athleticism ... a big hitter ... an honors candidate who was one of the best pass rushers in the league last year ... has shown flashes of greatness the last two years ... an Iron Terp the last two years who posted a 38 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 385-pound bench and a 590-pound squat on testing day ... 41 1/2-inch vertical jump from 2003 was the best ever by a Maryland defensive lineman.
2003 (Sophomore): Played in all 13 games, starting five ... battled injuries for much of the season but never missed a game ... tied for second in the ACC and led the team with 8.5 sacks ... tied for fifth on the team with 55 tackles (40 solo) ... also recorded 9.5 TFLs, a team-high 13 QB hurries and two fumble recoveries while batting down three passes ... (at WFU) ...recorded six tackles (three solo) with one sack and a PBU ... showed good awareness as he contained and then collapsed on Cory Randolph for a sack of four yards in the third quarter ... PBU came on a fourth-and-four play in the fourth quarter ... (at NCSU) ... had four tackles (three solo), one QB hurry and one sack for two yards ... got through the defense in the third quarter and used his agility to take down a scrambling Philip Rivers for a loss of two yards ... (vs. UVa) ... finished with four tackles (two solo) and one QB hurry ... pressured Matt Schaub on a third-and-13 in the third quarter, forcing him to throw the ball away and the Cavaliers to punt ... (vs. UNC) ... had three tackles (two solo) ... combined with Kevin Eli on a sack as they collapsed on the pocket to hit the Tar Heel quarterback for a loss of two yards ... (at GT) ...recorded two tackles (one solo) and led the Terps with three QB hurries ... one of his QB hurries came as he chased Reggie Ball to the sidelines, forcing him to throw the ball away on a third-and-seven, forcing a Yellow Jacket punt ... (vs. Duke) ... recorded four solo tackles ... recovered a fumble using his speed to beat the quarterback to the loose ball ... fumble recovery was the first of his career ... made a heads-up play, sacking the Duke quarterback for a loss of 10 yards as he was not fooled on play-action ... (vs. CU) ... had an impressive showing in his first start of the season ... finished with six tackles (four solo) and two sacks ... was in constant pursuit of the quarterback throughout the game with two sacks for 20 yards and four QB hurries, both team-highs ... added one PBU in the second quarter as he jumped to deflect a pass while rushing the QB ... (vs. WVU) ... finished with five tackles (four solo) ... had a big sack for a loss of four yards in the third quarter by speeding through the left side of the line to get Rasheed Marshall ... (vs. The Citadel) ... recorded one of the Terps' two sacks on the night for a loss of four yards ... finished with three tackles (two solo) ... (at FSU) ... had four tackles (three solo) ... caught Chris Rix from behind to record a sack for a loss of 12 yards in the third quarter.
2002 (Freshman): Saw action in all 14 games with one start as a true frosh ... finished the year third on the team with 5.0 sacks ... also posted 49 tackles (32 solo), six TFLs, and four QB hurries ... batted down five passes ... (vs. NCSU) ... had three solo tackles ... had one quarterback hurry which came on a key third-down late in the fourth quarter ... (at UNC) ... played his best game in a Terp uniform, wreaking havoc all over the field ... named ACC Rookie of the Week for his performance ... finished with a game-high and career-high three sacks for a loss of 17 yards ... was second on the team with eight tackles (seven solo) ... credited with two pass breakups and a forced fumble ... (at Duke) ... made first career start ... had five tackles (two solo) ... led the team with two pass breakups ... also had a QB hurry ... (at WVU) ... notched five tackles (two solo) ... was a force in the backfield, registering a first career sack for a loss of one yard ... (vs. EMU) ... recorded six total tackles ... five solo stops were tied for the second-most on the team ... made first tackle for a loss of two yards .... also had a quarterback hurry.
High School: A three-year letterwinner and 2002 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro, Md. ... a three-year starter at linebacker ... also played tight end ... FDHS's career tackle leader with a total of 443 ... had eight career interceptions ... posted 158 tackles, three forced fumbles, two interceptions and two blocked punts as a senior ... also had 21 receptions for 428 yards and six touchdowns ... career-high 163 tackles and four interceptions came as a junior in 2000 ... led the team in tackles with 122 as a sophomore ... selected as first team all-state and Maryland Defensive Player of the Year as a senior by the Associated Press ... first team All-Metro by The Washington Post in 2001 ... chosen defensive player of the year by the PG Journal ... first team all-county (junior and senior) and all-league (senior) ... a SuperPrep All-American ... rated the number one linebacker in the state of Maryland (and the 14th-best in the nation) by SuperPrep ... also rated by SuperPrep as the second-best player overall in the Mid-Atlantic region ... an All-Atlantic region honoree by PrepStar ... named to George Michael's Golden 11 team ... team compiled a 27-5 record (including a 10-0 regular season in 2000) in his three years as a starter ... also a three-year starter in basketball ... named one of the top five defenders (basketball) in the D.C. area by The Washington Post ... averaged 13.2 points and 16.3 rebounds per game as a junior ... was also recruited by Notre Dame, South Carolina, Syracuse and NC State ... high school coach was Bill Johnson.
Personal: Shawne Merriman is the son of Gloria Williams ... majoring in criminology and criminal justice ... thought of and helped organize a coat drive at one of this past year's basketball game that brought in over 3,200 coats for the "Creative Community for Non-Violence" shelter.
Defense G-GS UT AT TT/Avg TFL Sacks Int 2002 14-1 32 17 49/3.5 6.0-24 5.0-22 0-0 2003 13-5 40 15 55/4.2 9.5-59 8.5-58 0-0 Career 27-6 72 32 104/3.9 15.5-83 13.5-80 0-0