|41 Chad Merida
Joined the team in the spring ... Hard worker who impressed the coaches with his toughness ... Had two carries for seven yards in the Blue/White Spring Game.
High School: Two-way player in high school, starting at running back and safety all four years ... Led the team to 24 wins in his last three years ... Very successful senior season as the Panthers' running back, rushing for 1,800 yards and seven touchdowns ... Had 2,300 all-purpose yards his senior season ... Best game of his career game against Middlesboro, where he had 320 all-purpose yards, including three touchdowns ... Named honorable-mention all-state as a senior ... Was all-conference four years ... Was also a sprinter on the track team for five years, advancing to the state finals in several events ... Lettered in basketball one year and baseball two years ... Academic All-State all four years ... Graduated in 2010 before joining the Army.
Personal: Born in Barbourville, Ky. ... Son of Dean and Amy Merida ... Plans on a major in kinesiology.