stop
ARK ST Football BIO
Share |
13
Kirk Merritt
Player Profile:
Kirk Merritt 3137047
Position: WR
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 215
Year: Senior
Hometown: Destrehan, La.
Other College: East Mississippi CC
Experience: Transfer

2018:  First Team All-Sun Belt Conference . . . Sun Belt Conference Newcomer of the Year . . . Phil Steele’s First Team All-Sun Belt . . . Played in all 13 games, including 11 as a starter . . . Finished his first season at A-State with 83 receptions for 1,005 yards and seven touchdowns . . . 83 receptions were the third most in school history, while also the most in the Sun Belt during the 2018 season . . . Averaged 6.4 receptions per game, the 20th highest in the nation . . . Either led A-State or tied for the team high in receptions in nine of 13 games . . . Became the fourth player in school history to record 1,000 receiving yards in a season, and his 1,005 total ranked as third most ever by an A-State player . . . Led the Sun Belt in receiving yards and ranked 35th in the nation in 2018 . . . Caught at least three passes in every game, including a season-high 11 against both Georgia Southern and Coastal Carolina that tied the seventh most in school history . . . Went over 100-yards receiving in three contests, including a season-high 180 versus Coastal Carolina that were the ninth most ever by an A-State player . . . Also recorded 122 yards on four catches against Louisiana and 153 yards on six receptions at Texas State . . . Posted at least one receiving touchdown in five games and recorded a season-best two against both ULM and Texas State in back-to-back games . . . Phil Steele’s Preseason 3rd Team All-Sun Belt Conference . . . A-State Athletics Director’s Honor Roll member.

EAST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE:  Helped lead an 11-1 East Mississippi Community College Lions team to the 2017 NJCAA national championship (team’s fourth in seven years) and MACJC state title (team’s sixth in nine years) . . . Selected NJCAA All-Region 23 and MACJC All-State First Team as both a wide receiver and kick returner as a sophomore . . . Led EMCC with 52 receptions, averaging 12.1 yards per catch with four touchdown grabs on the year . . . Also averaged 32.8 yards on six kickoff returns as well as 14.9 yards on 15 punt returns during the season . . . Caught seven passes for a season-high 180 yards, including an 80-yard catch and run, during the season opener against Jones County . . . Made a season-high eight grabs in wins over Itawamba and Hinds . . .Tabbed MACJC Special Teams Player of the Week by returning two kickoffs for 98 total yards (long of 62 yards) plus adding a 40-yard punt return to go along with his eight receptions during 51-41 road win over Hinds . . . Had a 58-yard punt return for a touchdown in 59-0 victory at Northeast Mississippi . . . Transferred to East Mississippi from Texas A&M after previously playing his freshman season at Oregon . . . Ranked as the No. 41 junior college player in the nation by Rivals . . . 3-star recruit by 247Sports.com, ranking him as the No. 46 overall and No. 4 wide receiver in the nation among junior college players.

OREGON: Saw action in 11 games as a collegiate rookie at Oregon in 2015 . . . Caught five passes for 61 yards and had three rushes for 13 yards on the year . . . Also had a 28-yard kick return and made seven tackles on special teams for the Ducks . . . Longest reception (28 yds) and longest rush (10 yds) of his freshman year came against Oregon State.

HIGH SCHOOL:  Won Nike’s SPARQ (Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction & Quickness) National Championship in 2014 . . . Helped lead 14-1 Destrehan High School to the 2014 Louisiana Class 5A state championship game . . . Was listed as the No. 5 prospect in Louisiana according to the NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune Nifty 50 . . . Two-time selection to the All-District 7-5A Team . . . Runner-up in both the 100 and 200 meters at the Louisiana track and field state championships as a senior . . . Two-time district and region champion in the 100 meters . . . Posted personal-best times of 10.44 in the 100 meters and 21.52 in the 200 meters . . . Listed as 3-star recruit by Rivals.com following the 2018 season and as a four-star prospect coming out of high school.

PERSONAL:  Born Jan. 5, 1997 . . . Earned his bachelor’s degree in General Studies in May of 2019.

Football Videos:
Football Photos:
Follow Us - Twitter
Follow Us - Facebook