June 20, 2016
Oregon all-purpose standout Kirk Merritt will transfer from Oregon, according to a report from DuckTerritory.
According to the report, Duck head coach Mark Helfrich confirmed the news through an Oregon Sports Information Director. Merritt also confirmed the news via his Twitter account.
— Kwik™ ⚡️ (@kirkmerritt33) June 21, 2016
Merritt, who would have been a true sophomore at Oregon, played in 12 of 13 games for the Ducks as a true freshman in 2015. He caught five passes for 61 yards and was featured extensively on special teams. According to Oregon offensive coordinator Matt Lubick, the Ducks planned to give Merritt a larger role in the offense next season and were brainstorming ways to get him on the field during spring practice.
“[Merritt] is right up there … He’s probably one of the better athletes in the country,” Lubick told the Daily Emerald in April.
Merritt made national headlines during the summer of 2014 when he won the SPARQ National Championship at the The Opening, an elite football combine held annually at the Nike headquarters in Beaverton.
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