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Ron Merkerson
MLB, Colorado

Ron Merkerson



1997: Started season strong with 23 tackles in first 3 games (12 against Wyoming which resulted in torn ligaments in left ankle...missed next 6 games)...returned for 25 plays against Kansas State (3 tackles)...closed career with a 10-tackle effort (6 solo) against No.2 Nebraska....Sporting News first-team preseason All-Big 12 & No. 8 OLB in the nation...1996: Played in all 12 games (10 starts)...named honorable mention All-Big 12 by Associated Press with 76 tackles (47 solo)....had 7 tackles in bowl win over Nebraska....1995: Played in 11 games (8 starts)....earned honorable mention All-Big Eight honors (league coaches) on 54 tackles for season (27 solo, 27 assists) high 11 tackles against Oklahoma.....1994: Played in 10 games, including Fiesta Bowl....played 4 games on defense, making 3 tackles....on special teams had 4 knockdown blocks and pressure which altered a placement kick....1993: action...practiced as ILB....

High School

As senior, earned SuperPrep, Who’s Who and USA Today (honorable mention) All-American honors was Gatorade Player-of-the-Year for junior, was all-conference and all-Sunset on both sides of ball....


Majoring in Sociology at Colorado......


‘97 - 5 G, 217 Plays, 22 UT, 14-36 AT-TOT, 2-3 TFL, 0-0 Sacks, 1 3DS, 0 Hurr, 1 FR, 0 FF, 0 PBU, 0 Int.....’96 - 11 G, 450 Plays, 47 UT, 29-76 AT-TOT, 4-6 TFL, 0-0 Sacks, 4 3DS, 2 Hurr, 0 FR, 1 FF, 0 PBU, 0 Int.....’95 - 10 G, 350 Plays, 27 UT, 27-54 AT-TOT, 2-9 TFL, 1-7 Sacks, 1 3DS, 0 Hurr, 0 FR, 0 FF, 0 PBU, 0 Int....’94 - 4 G, 53 Plays, 2 UT, 1-5 AT-TOT, 1-4 TFL, 0-0 Sacks, 2 3DS, 1 Hurr, 0 FR, 0 FF, 1 PBU, 0 Int....Totals: 30 G, 1070 Plays, 98 UT, 71-169 AT-TOT, 9-22 TFL, 1-7 Sacks, 8 3DS, 3 Hurr, 1 FR, 1 FF, 1 PBU, 0 Int.


This guy is really an enigma...he looks like a guy that should dominate in every game that he plays and he has outstanding size, strength and good AA...he can play MLB or OLB and he is difficult to beat at the all of his qualities, he is not a very productive player...he seems to be one of those guys that just doesn’t have a feel for the ball...he has never really had a big year although some of it can be traced to injuries...he doesn’t have any severe athletic weaknesses excpet for the fact that he does tend to play a little high and erect and tends to look for the ball standing up rather than attacking an interesting side note, he trains with his father, who happens to be the trainer of outstanding boxer Roy Jones Jr., so this is guy who knows how to get in shape and put a premium on AA and quickness...all the ingredients are there to be a solid NFL player and if he can stay healthy and become a little more aware, he could be a sleeper type pick of draft day...the measureables are very impressive but it is difficult to say whether he is big good looking athlete that just doesn’t have a feel for the game or rather is he a guy that has been a victim of injuries and bad luck and can still develop into a great player.

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