2009: Listed as the starter at running back heading into the fall ... missed the entire 2008 campaign due to a knee injury, but returned to participate in spring practice ... one of the true leaders of the Duke football program ... talented runner both inside and outside of the tackles ... also an effective receiver out of the backfield with 30 career catches to his credit ... Duke’s
leading rusher in both 2006 and 2007 ... one of 11 active running backs in the ACC with over 1,000 career rushing yards (1,072) entering the season ... has rushed for 50 or more yards in seven career games including a career-best 123-yard effort versus Florida State on October 22, 2005 ... has gained 25 or more yards in 20 career contests ... owns a 4.3 career yards per carry average ... posted the 10th-longest rush from scrimmage in Blue Devil history with a 78-yard touchdown jaunt against Florida State on October 22, 2005 ... has seen action in 33 career games with 10 starting assignments.
2008: Did not see game action after suffering a season-ending knee injury during preseason camp ... underwent successful surgery on August 10 ... served as a team captain ... named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
2007: Played in all 12 games with five starts at the running back position ... led the team in rushing for the second straight season with 432 yards on 104 carries with two touchdowns ... sixth on the team with 14 pass receptions for 77 yards ... started five of the last seven games against Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Clemson and Notre Dame ... scored his first touchdown of the year on a four-yard run at Navy ... tallied 42 yards on seven carries against the Midshipmen and matched a career-high with four receptions for 29 yards ... found the end zone from 11 yards out against Georgia Tech and finished with 51 yards on 11 attempts in Atlanta ... recorded Duke’s longest rush of the year with a 62-yard scamper against Wake Forest and finished the game with a season-high 77 yards on eight carries ... ran for 71 yards on 14 attempts at Miami ... on the field for a total of 315 snaps on the season with 20 or more in 11 games and a season-high 40 against Clemson ... selected as a game captain for the Wake Forest game.
2006: Played in all 12 games ... started three games against Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and North Carolina ... led Duke in rushing with 388 yards ... carried the football 87 times for a 4.5 per rush average ... scored two touchdowns ... rushed nine times for a season-high 97 yards at Alabama ... also topped the 40-yard barrier against Navy (9-43) and North Carolina (11-60) ... rushing touchdowns came versus Miami and Navy, and added a two-point conversion against Vanderbilt ... caught nine passes for 49 yards on the year ... had season-bests of four catches for 30 yards at Boston College ... on the field for 365 plays.
2005: Played in nine games, earning starts against Wake Forest and Clemson ... finished third on the team in rushing with 252 yards on 60 carries ... averaged 4.2 yards per rushing attempt and also caught seven passes for 14 yards ... lone touchdown of the year came on a 78-yard gallop against Florida State, marking the 10th longest rush from scrimmage in school history ... the run marked the longest against the Seminoles since 2001 ... versus Florida State, carried the football 10 times for a season-best 123 yards ... rushed seven times for 50 yards versus VMI ... caught a season-high four passes for eight yards in the Wake Forest tilt.
Prior to Duke: Four-year letterman at Fike under Richie Pridgen ... tabbed as the third-best running back and the 27th-top overall prospect in North Carolina by Scout.com ... charted as the 92nd-best running back in the nation by Scout.com ... listed as the 19th-top overall prospect in North Carolina by Rivals.com ... listed as the 34th-best cornerback in the nation by Rivals.com ... represented North Carolina in the 68th annual Shrine Bowl ... received conference offensive player of the year as a senior after rushing for 1,930 yards ... helped Fike to an 11-2 mark in 2004 and berth in the state playoffs ... as a junior, rushed 100 times for 1,008 yards and 15 TDs en route to earning all-area and all-conference honors ... rushed for 1,084 yards during sophomore season as team went 10-6 and advanced to the state title game ... for his career, picked up over 4,000 yards on the ground while leading Fike to 35 victories and four state playoff bids ... also participated in basketball and track and field ... all-conference choice in track and field ... served as president of the student body.
Personal: Son of Bobby Merrill and Tonya Boyette ... born November 16, 1986 in Wilson, N.C.