Came back from an ACL injury in 2009 to play in all 13 games and start five, including the first four of the season against LSU, Georgia Tech, Rutgers and ECU ... Also started the final game of the year at Duke ... Had 37 tackles, one tackle for loss, four pass breakups and two interceptions ... Returned kickoffs in the final three games of the season and finished with five returns for 91 yards, including a long of 25 vs. Virginia Tech ... Broke up two passes and had two tackles in Carolina's 24-19 win at Duke ... Registered four tackles vs. NC State ... Posted two tackles against Virginia Tech ... Broke up a pass and had two tackles in a 37-35 win at Florida State ... Posted one tackle vs. William & Mary ... Matched his season high with six tackles at Miami ... Intercepted a pass and posted three tackles in Carolina's first win at Virginia since 1981 ... Had four tackles and broke up a pass in a 42-17 win over ECU ... Had perhaps his best game of the season with six tackles and an interception in the fourth quarter of Carolina's 17-13 win at Rutgers ... Had one tackle vs. Georgia Tech ... Made his first career start vs. LSU in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game and had five tackles.
Missed all of the 2009 season after tearing the ACL in his right knee during preseason practice and received a medical redshirt.
Special teams captain and reserve defensive back ... Was one of the Tar Heels' top tacklers on kickoff returns ... Finished the season with 11 tackles and recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown vs. Connecticut ... Recovered a fumble on a punt in the 28-7 win over No. 22 Georgia Tech and Carolina scored on the next possession ... Posted a career-high five tackles in the win at Rutgers.
Played running back, receiver and defensive back at St. Ignatius Rushed for 1,113 yards, averaged 5.6 yards per carry and scored 12 touchdowns before suffering a toe injury late in the season Team won its first six games before Merletti injured his toe Averaged 10.6 yards on 16 receptions and made three interceptions Named first-team All-Northeast Lakes district Also competes in track.
Was a ball boy for the Cleveland Browns when Butch Davis was Cleveland's head coach Son of Patricia and Lew Merletti, the Browns chief administrative officer Coached by Chuck Kyle Born July 18, 1988.
- 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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