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Matthew Merrick
Matthew  Merrick

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Dallas, Texas

High School:
Cistercian Prep

Last College:
Texas

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 200

Position:
QB


PREVIOUS SCHOOL
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).

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL
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.

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