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Matthew Merrick

200 lbs.
Dallas, Texas
Cistercian Prep
High School
Matthew Merrick - Football - Virginia Cavaliers

– Did not appear in any games … sat out season to serve a year of residence due to the NCAA transfer rule.

Walks on to UVA after spending two years at Texas … redshirted the 2015 season and did not appear in any games in 2016 … member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (fall 2015).

Coached by Steve McCarthy at Cistercian Preparatory School … a three-year starter and two time all-conference honoree … named All-Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) in 2014 … ranked No. 30 pro style QB nationally and No. 95 overall in Texas by ESPN … ranked No. 53 pro style QB nationally and No. 161 overall in Texas by 247Sports … completed 166-of-295 attempts for 2,469 yards and 34 touchdowns with 15 interceptions in nine games as a senior … also rushed for 214 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to punting nine times for 338 yards (37.6 ypa) with six inside the 20 … threw for 290-plus yards five times … passed for 339 yards and three touchdowns against St. Marks … tallied 292 yards passing and six touchdowns against John Paul II … completed 21-of-35 passes for 367 yards and five touchdowns, while rushing for 86 yards against Fort Worth Christian … threw four touchdown passes on 14 completions against Village … tossed eight TD passes while completing 21-of-36 attempts for 345 yards against St. John’s … totaled 19-of-30 passing for 261 yards and four touchdowns against Oakridge … helped Cistercian to a 5-5 record in 2014 … selected All-SPC in 2013 … completed 131-of-247 passes for 1,956 yards and 12 touchdowns with 14 interceptions as a junior … also rushed for 106 yards and four touchdowns in addition to punting 29 times 1,038 yards … recorded 20-of-32 completions for 334 yards and three touchdowns against Holland Hall … connected on 12-of-17 passing for 264 yards and two touchdowns against Oakridge … punted four times for 186 yards (46.5 ypa) with a long of 61 and two downed inside the 20 … helped Cistercian to a 6-4 record in 2013 … completed 120-of-234 attempts for 1,573 yards and 13 touchdowns with six interceptions as a sophomore in 2012 … also rushed for 66 yards and two touchdowns, while punting 19 times for 747 yards (39.3 ypa) with a long of 75 … logged 16-of-27 passing for 242 yards and two touchdowns against Holland Hall … connected on 25-of-38 attempts for 327 yards and two touchdowns against St. John’s … helped Cistercian to a 6-4 record in 2012 … also played varsity basketball … born in Reston, Va., but has lived in Dallas, Texas, since the age of one … parents are Nick and Leslie Merrick … father was a four-year (1981-84) letterwinning wide receiver at Virginia … has two sisters, Margaret and Catherine, and one brother, Andrew … Margaret is a Virginia graduate … Catherine also attends Virginia … volunteered with Down Syndrome Guild all four years of high school, constructing sets and participating in dances for DFW teens with Down Syndrome … also participated in weekly bible study in high school with Park Cities Presbyterian Church … from 2006 to 2014, was a starting guard on a nationally-competitive youth basketball team, the Texas Titans who won four national championships in the AAU/Nike EYBL league.