Tulsa -- A three-year letterwinner. . . has played in 30 career games, and has 15 career starts . . . 2004 -- Played in six games . . . played on offense and special teams . . . saw action for 82 offensive plays . . . had a high grade of 84-percent on 37 plays against Hawaii . . . 2003 -- Played in 12 games . . . missed the Rice game with an injury . . . was in the starting lineup in 11 games . . . played every offensive snap vs. Boise State, Nevada, UTEP and San Jose State . . . had three games with double-figure knockdowns . . . 2002 -- Played in nine games . . . started the first four games of the season at left guard . . . had a season-high 37 plays against Louisiana Tech . . . had 34 snaps in the season opener against Oklahoma . . . 2001 -- Received a medical hardship due to a knee injury . . . saw action in three games . . . Overall -- A versatile player . . . has the ability to play center and both guard positions . . . has good size . . . a very intelligent player . . . a good run blocker . . . adds solid depth to the offensive line with his versatility.
High School -- Was a three-year letterwinner and two-year starter at Irving High School . . . played both tackle and tight end on offense, and saw action at defensive tackle as well . . . listed among Max Emfinger's Texas Super 175 senior prospects (102nd) . . . averaged 16 pancakes per game as a senior offensive tackle . . . was a first-team all-area selection as a senior and earned honorable mention all-state accolades . . . was named to the Texas top-100 . . . was a two-time second-team 6-5A all-district selection . . . had an average of 18 pancakes per game as a junior . . . was named the team MVP as a senior, and his team's Offensive Player of the Year his junior season . . . high school coach was Jim Bennett.
Personal -- Enjoys fishing and hunting . . . his favorite NFL team is the Philadelphia Eagles . . . favorite movie is Open Range . . . his favorite TV show is "Animal Cops" . . . favorite food is lasagna . . . his craziest ambition is to go bull riding . . . parents are Manuel Mercado and Yvonne Lopez . . . majoring Spanish . . . born August 3, 1983 in Rawlins, Wyoming.
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