Sunday, September 24, 2017

Carlos Merritt named PFL Defensive Player of the Week

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – After picking off two Stetson passes and returning one for a touchdown, Campbell’s Carlos Merritt has been named the Pioneer Football League’s Defensive Player of the Week.

Merritt intercepted his first pass of the day and capped off a 28-point first quarter for the Camels, stepping in front of a Stetson receiver and returning the interception 37 yards for the touchdown.

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He added a second interception at the 2:28 mark of the second quarter with Campbell leading 35-7, jumping the route and wrestling the ball from the Stetson receiver. Merritt also paced the Campbell defense with nine tackles, including six solo stops and an assisted tackle for loss.

CU totaled 10 tackles for loss, forcing five Stetson turnovers, including four interceptions, on the way to a 49-21 win to open PFL play.

For the season, Merritt owns 20 tackles with three interceptions, scoring a pair of defensive touchdowns. The redshirt senior adds 1.5 tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries.

The weekly accolade is the third given to a Camel this season, joining Emmanuel Olenga and Jaquan Brooks, who were honored in week one.

The Camels return to Barker-Lane Stadium this week, hosting Morehead State on Sept. 30. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.