Rutgers LB Jamal Merrell will miss third straight game

Quentin-Gause-tos-131001.jpg

Rutgers senior linebacker Jamal Merrell will miss his third consecutive game when the Scarlet Knights play SMU on Saturday.

Things we learned

Aaron Murray-130928-PQ.jpg

From Aaron Murray's big-game heroics vs. LSU to Oklahoma's statement win at Notre Dame, here are the things we learned from college football's fifth weekend. More ...

Merrell (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) has missed wins over Eastern Michigan and Arkansas with what coach Kyle Flood has called a "kidney issue" without getting into specifics.

Merrell was seen as a potential third-day draft pick before the season. He runs well and has good size, and had been especially good against the run, though his pass-rush and coverage skills need work.

Merrell was third on the team in tackles (83) and fourth in tackles for loss (8.5) last season.

Sophomore Quentin Gause (6-1, 220) will start in Merrell's place. He is fourth on the team with 21 tackles and is tied for the team lead with 4.5 tackles for loss.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.

Related Content

Gamepass_vert_web_r

See all the Action

Replay every game all season.