23 - Matt Merlino
Matt Merlino
Height: 6-3
Weight: 190
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Vancouver, Wash.
High School: Union
Position: DB
Major: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

2012: Started all nine games in the MIT secondary … Academic All-District … Academic All-NEFC … second on the team in tackles with 69 … led the Engineers with three interceptions and six passes broken up … double figures in tackles twice … seven tackles, an interception and two passes broken up in the season opener against Becker (9/8) … five solo tackles at Curry (9/21) … eight stops against UMass Dartmouth (9/29) … interception against the Corsairs came on their last drive of the game to preserve the win for MIT … five tackles and another pic against Plymouth State (10/6) … career-high 17 tackles at Western New England (10/13) … also broke up a pair of passes against the Golden Bears … 13 tackles in the season finale at Endicott (11/3).

2011: Appeared in a pair of games … Academic All-NEFC … three tackles at UMass Dartmouth (10/1).

2010: Played in seven games as a freshman for the Engineers … totaled 35 tackles … second on the team among defensive backs in stops … shared the team lead with four passes broken up … reached double figures in tackles twice during the season … recorded 11 stops at Western New England (10/16) … also broke up a pair of passes against the Golden Bears … season-high 13 tackles in addition to another pair of pass break ups at Endicott (11/6).

Off The Field at MIT: Majoring in electrical engineering and computer science … minor in management science … concentration in economics … interned at Sharp Labs of America on a biomedical engineering project … research at the Polictecnico di Torino in Turin, Italy in the Fracture Mechanics Laboratory … fraternal educator of Lambda Chi Alpha … .

High School: A 2010 graduate of Union High School … three-year starter at defensive back … two-time all-league selection … graduated as Union’s career leader in interceptions … twice saw his team finish in the top-three in 3A in Washington … National Football Foundation Award finalist … all-academic in the league … named the 2010 senior of the year, math student of the year, and science student of the year … National Merit Commended student … National AP Scholar … Honor Roll … Robert C. Byrd Scholarship winner … Sharp Corporation Scholarship winner.