PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 13, 2014) – The Tennessee Titans have announced the free agent signing of former Rutgers linebacker Jamal Merrell (Bear, Del.). Merrell is the fourth member of last season’s Rutgers team to sign a NFL free agent contract, joining Brandon Coleman (New Orleans), Quron Pratt (Philadelphia) and Marcus Thompson (Miami).
Merrell played in 10 games with nine starts at strongside linebacker this past season for the Scarlet Knights. Also a standout on special teams over his career, Merrell blocked seven kicks during his career “On the Banks.”
Merrell joins former Scarlet Knight Jason McCourty in Nashville on the Titans’ roster.
Jamal Merrell bio
2013: Played in 10 games with nine starts at linebacker ... finished season with 38 tackles, two interceptions and two blocked kicks ... finished collegiate career with seven blocked kicks ... had a tackle in the Pinstripe Bowl versus Notre Dame (12/28) ... honored during senior ceremony before USF (12/7) game ... broke up a pass and totaled three tackles at UConn (11/30) ... had four stops against Cincinnati (11/16) ... totaled nine tackles to go with an interception versus Temple (11/2) ... four stops against Houston (10/26) with one blocked field goal ... returned to action to make three tackles - also blocking a field goal attempt - at Louisville (10/10) ... missed Eastern Michigan (9/14) game, snapping streak of 28 consecutive games and 18 starts ... snatched an interception and broke up two passes in win over Norfolk State (9/7) ... picked up nine tackles in season opener at Fresno State (8/29) ... selected a team captain by his teammates ... joined Jamil Merrell as the first set of brothers to serve as team captains for Rutgers since 1893 (Gabe and George Ludlow) ... named to Bednarik Award Watch List ... Phil Steele Preseason Second Team All-American Athletic Conference linebacker and Preseason All-Conference Third Team by Athlon.
2012: Started all 13 games at linebacker … third on the team with 83 tackles and fourth with 8.5 for loss … blocked two kicks … named to Preseason All-BIG EAST Fourth Team by Phil Steele … notched seven tackles, including 1.0 tackle-for-loss, in the season-opening 24-12 victory at Tulane (9/1) … recorded a career-high 14 tackles and 3.5 tackles-for-loss to lead the team in 26-0 win vs. Howard (9/8) … dove and snagged the first interception of his career off a tipped screen pass in the 23-13 victory at USF (9/13) … led team in tackles for second straight week with 10 stops, including 0.5 sack, in the 35-26 victory at Arkansas (9/22) … five tackles, including 0.5 tackles-for-loss, and recovered a fumble in the 19-3 win over Connecticut (10/6) … five tackles and broke game open in the 23-15 win vs. Syracuse (10/13), blocking an Orange field goal attempt early in the third quarter that was returned 75 yards for a touchdown by DB Duron Harmon … block against Syracuse was fourth of his career and third against Syracuse after his two-block performance inside the Carrier Dome in 2011 … led RU with five tackles, including 1.0 tackle-for-loss, in the 35-10 victory at Temple (10/20) … seven tackles, including 1.0 tackle-for-loss, in the Kent State game (10/27), also recording one forced fumble for the third time in his career … eight tackles and blocked a 30-yard field goal attempt, the fifth of his career, in the 28-7 win vs. Army (11/10) … five tackles, including 0.5 tackles-for-loss, in the 10-3 victory at Cincinnati (11/17) … tied for team-lead with 10 tackles in the Louisville game (11/10).
2011: Started 12 of 13 games at outside linebacker after making the switch from wide receiver during spring drills … appeared in every game, recording 44 tackles (22 solo), including 3.0 tackles-for-loss, 0.5 sack, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery … contributed immensely to special teams, blocking three kicks … blocked first kick on a punt in the first start and appearance of his career in the 48-0 win over North Carolina Central (9/1) … recorded a career-high eight tackles, including 1.0 tackle-for-loss on the road at North Carolina (9/10) … helped turn the tide in the 19-16 OT win at Syracuse (10/1), blocking an Orange PAT and FG attempt and forcing one fumble and recovering another.
2010: Did not see game action.
Prior to Rutgers: Four-year letterwinner for head coach Frank Moffett at Hodgson Vo-Tech High School ... started all four years at wide receiver and free safety ... played with his twin brother and fellow Scarlet Knight Jamil for the Silver Eagles ... Second team all-state selection as a senior … recorded 15 receptions for 275 yards and six touchdowns on offense and totaled 41 tackles and two forced fumbles on defense … rated as the No. 34 athlete in the nation according to ESPN.com … No. 3 prospect in Delaware and the No. 33 outside linebacker nationally by Rivals.com … rated as the No. 16 prospect in the Mid-Atlantic– along with his twin brother – by SuperPrep Magazine … as a junior, led the state of Delaware with 16 touchdown receptions en route to all-state honors as a defensive back and wide receiver ... born 5/9/90 … a labor and employment relations major.