A look at the Rams' 2012 linebackers
Maroon Moves Ball, Scores Seven Touchdowns
Offense scores nine touchdowns, Defense comes up with turnover on final drive
Offense scores, Defense Forces Turnovers
Offense scores eight touchdowns, Defense comes up with goal line stop
Gained valuable experience as a freshman last fall, appearing in ten games... will look for playing time at middle linebacker in 2012... closed out spring season with three tackles in the 2012 Spring Game... an All-County selection as a junior and senior in high school.
2011: Appeared in ten games as a freshman for the Rams... compiled seven total tackles, five solo... finished with three total tackles, one solo, at Army... made two solo tackles at Colgate.
Before Fordham: A graduate of Etowah High School in Woodstock, Georgia, where he lettered in football, lacrosse and hockey for the Eagles... played football for head coach Bill Stewart... 2009 and 2010 All-County in football... an All-Region 5-A pick in 2010... totaled 78 tackles playing at safety and linebacker in 2010... lettered in football for three years... served as a 2010 team captain... named Cherokee County Gridiron Club Player of the Week three times... lettered in lacrosse for four years... named lacrosse MVP in 2010 and 2011... member of Georgia All-Star Lacrosse team and the Atlanta All-Star team... lettered in hockey for four years and won a state championship in 2010... hockey team was state runner-up in 2011... member of the Honor Roll at Etowah.
Personal: Born July 19, 1993... son of Lynn and Dave Merino... has a younger brother, Vinny, and a younger sister, Mia... has not decided on a major.