Phillip Merling

Phillip Merling

Infobox NFLactive
name=Phillip Merling

currentteam=Miami Dolphins
currentpositionplain=Defensive end
birthdate=birth date and age|1985|4|19
birthplace=Portsmouth, Virginia
debutteam=Miami Dolphins
* Miami Dolphins (2008-present)
* Second-team All-Freshman (2005)
* Second-team All-ACC (2007)

Phillip Blaine Merling (born April 19, 1985 in city-state|Portsmouth|Virginia) is an American football defensive end for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Dolphins in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Clemson.

High School career

Played tight end and defensive end at Fork Union Military Academy in 2004. He totaled 38 catches for 647 yards and five touchdowns on offense and on defense he added five sacks, 51 tackles, and eight pass breakups. He had 20 catches for 430 yards and four scores as a senior and totaled 34 tackles and four sacks as a senior. For that performance he was the MVP at Fork Union. After his senior year he played in the Tennessee/Kentucky All-Star game. He was also First-team All-state and All-region as a senior Prior to Fork Union, Merling attended Calhoun County High School in Saint Matthews, SC, for three years.

Merling was also All-conference, All-region, and All-area in basketball as a sophomore and junior. He averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds as a senior and averaged 15 points and 13 rebounds as a junior.

College career

He appeared in 38 games at Clemson, starting his final 26. He delivered 146 tackles (99 solos), 12 sacks for minus 80 yards, 31 stops for losses totaling 152 yards and 45 quarterback pressures.

In 2007, he recorded 78 total tackles (first among defensive linemen), including 17 tackles-for-loss and seven sacks. He was instrumental to the Tigers’ top 10 national ranking in scoring and total defense. Was voted Second-team All-ACC for his efforts.He was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week three times, more than any other ACC player. It marked the first time since 2001 that a Clemson player was named ACC Player of the Week three times.

He started all 13 games of the 2006 season, finishing with 46 total tackles on Clemson's top-16 total and scoring defense. Merling had had 10 tackles for loss, second-most on the team behind Gaines Adams. Merling also recorded three sacks, 20 quarterback hurries and one forced fumble that year.

Merling played 271 snaps during his true freshman season in 2005. Won the 12th Man Award for the defense as a freshman and was a Second-team freshman All-America defensive end by


Professional career


Merling underwent a successful laparscopic by athletic pubalgia surgeon Dr. William Myers to repair a sports hernia. As a result he did not participate in most drills at the combine or the Clemson Pro day due to his recovery from surgery. However, on April, 25, 2008, Merling had a private "pro day" for scouts and "performed well". Merling worked out hard for about 45 minutes. "The kid's a pretty safe pick," one scout said. "He's not going to get outflanked," another said, referring to Merling's stoutness at the point of attack. No numbers have been released from the workout. [ [ Washington] ]


Height: 6'4-1/2" Weight: 271 lbs
40-yard time: 4.63, 4.73, 4.84 (pre-combine)
225-pound bench press: 17 reps

Miami Dolphins

Merling was selected 32nd overall in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.


External links

* [ Clemson Tigers bio]
* [ Miami Dolphins bio]

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