Otis Merrill
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Otis Merrill

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Cleveland, Ohio

High School:
Glenville

Last College:
Wisconsin

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 185

Position:
DB

Experience:
2L

11/28/2011

Three Redbirds Named First-Team All-MVFC

A total of 13 Redbird football players were recognized in the annual all-conference voting.

11/05/2011

No. 17 Redbirds Win Fifth-Straight, With 31-7 Win Against WIU

With the victory, Illinois State becomes playoff eligible.

11/01/2011

No. 17 Redbirds Return Home to Face The Leathernecks

ISU looking to extend winning streak to five in a row.

2011: All-Missouri Valley Football Conference Second-Team selection ... played in all 11 games, with 10 starts at cornerback ... recorded 41 tackles, broke up four passes, forced a fumble and recorded and interception ...also credited with 1.5 tackles-for-loss ... matched a career-high with eight tackles against South Dakota State ... matched his career high with eight stops at Southern Illinois ... tallied four tackles in five different games.

2010: Played in 10 games, with one start at cornerback ... finished the season with 13 total tackles, with six solo stops ... tallied a pair of solo stops and a pass breakup at Indiana State in only start of the season ... recorded a career-high seven tackles at No. 24 Western Illinois.

2009: Played in all 11 games, with four starting assignments at cornerback ... finished the season with 22 tackles, including 14 solo stops ... also credited with two pass breakups and a quarterback hurry ... recorded four tackles in first game with the Redbirds at Eastern Illinois ... collected three tackles, a hurry and a break up against No. 15 South Dakota State ... tallied a season-high six tackles, five of which were solo efforts, at No. 6 Southern Illinois.

At Wisconsin: Only appearance in 2008 came late in the Champs Sports Bowl against Florida State ... redshirted in 2007 after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury ... coached by Bret Bielema.

Glenville HS: Ranked among top 50 cornerbacks in the nation and among top 40 players in Ohio by Rivals.com ... an All-Midwest Region choice by PrepStar.com ... All-Ohio special mention in 2006 ... two-time all-conference selection ... broke up seven passes and had three interceptions while serving as team captain his senior year ... four-year letterwinner in both football and track ... football coach was Ted Ginn, Sr. ... teammate of former Ohio State standouts and NFL players Ted Ginn Jr. and Troy Smith.

Personal: Born June 6, 1988, in Cleveland, Ohio ... son of Otis Merrill and Linda Fuller ... major: journalism.