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Matt Merletti, SS

School: North Carolina  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 200 lbs.
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Latest News
10/25/2011 - North Carolina's secondary takes a big hit with the loss of senior safety Matt Merletti for the rest of the season. The school announced Merletti will undergo surgery within the next two weeks to repair a sprained MCL and ACL, suffered in the loss to Clemson on Saturday. Merletti has already received one medical redshirt, and the injury likely ends his career with the Tar Heels. "Obviously that's a big loss. It's really a hard blow for me, having coached him and been real close to him," said interim head coach Everett Withers. "We'll try to keep Matt around to help coach some of the rest of our guys." Merletti was the team's defensive captain, and considered one of the leaders in the secondary. He will likely be replaced by either Gene Robinson or Tre Boston in the starting lineup. The Tar Heels secondary is talented, but their inexperience has shown at times during the season. With high-powered Wake Forest coming to town on Saturday, North Carolina needs to be disciplined to avoid being beat by the big play. - AP Sports

09/21/2011 - After going without an interception or recovering a fumble in the first two games, the Tar Heels came up with two interceptions and a fumble recovery against Virginia. Senior FS Matt Merletti had the two picks, both in the fourth quarter, and junior DT Sylvester Williams had the recovery. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: FS Matt Merletti came up with two late interceptions that sealed the win over Virginia. Against Tech, he won't face many passing attempts from the Yellow Jackets, but he must be on his guard because when Tech does pass, it often strikes for a big play. - The Sports Xchange

09/19/2011 - WEEK 3 ACC DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Matt Merletti, North Carolina, S, Sr., 5-11, 205, Cleveland, Ohio Senior Matt Merletti made seven tackles and intercepted two passes in Carolina's 28-17 win over Virginia. Merletti's two interceptions came on Virginia's final two possessions to help the Tar Heels secure the victory. - ACC football

05/03/2011 - 2011 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST: Matt Merletti, North Carolina, S, has been named to the 42-player Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list for the 2011 college football season as selected by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation. Merletti is a 5-11, 185-pound safety who had two interceptions and 37 tackles a year ago. - North Carolina football

 
Latest News
10/25/2011 - North Carolina's secondary takes a big hit with the loss of senior safety Matt Merletti for the rest of the season. The school announced Merletti will undergo surgery within the next two weeks to repair a sprained MCL and ACL, suffered in the loss to Clemson on Saturday. Merletti has already received one medical redshirt, and the injury likely ends his career with the Tar Heels. "Obviously that's a big loss. It's really a hard blow for me, having coached him and been real close to him," said interim head coach Everett Withers. "We'll try to keep Matt around to help coach some of the rest of our guys." Merletti was the team's defensive captain, and considered one of the leaders in the secondary. He will likely be replaced by either Gene Robinson or Tre Boston in the starting lineup. The Tar Heels secondary is talented, but their inexperience has shown at times during the season. With high-powered Wake Forest coming to town on Saturday, North Carolina needs to be disciplined to avoid being beat by the big play. - AP Sports

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