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Merriman plays in Chargers' win

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Aug 22, 2005.

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a href="http://www.pe.com/sports/football/stories/PE_Sports_Local_D_chargers_gamer_22.8e6b6cd.html" target="_blank">The Press-Enterprise</a>

    SAN DIEGO - Shawne Merriman didn't flip the switch in his NFL debut, even when he had the chance.

    Merriman, the Chargers' first-round draft pick, got his first taste of exhibition play Sunday against St. Louis, and the pass-rushing linebacker from Maryland contributed three tackles, two unassisted, to the Chargers' 36-21 victory before 54,421 at Qualcomm Stadium.

    Merriman's nickname in college was "Lights Out," for his ability to put quarterbacks down. His trademark as a collegian was to pretend to flip the light switch tattooed on his arm after every sack.

    He caught substitute Rams quarterback Jeff Smoker for a 4-yard loss on his first defensive play, then tackled running back Arlen Harris for a 5-yard loss on his second. But he opted for discretion, even as a group of fans behind the end zone chanted, "Lights out ... lights out."

    "I wanted to flip the switch out there really bad," he said. "But it's coming, it's coming.

    " ... The pace of the game is way faster than it was in college. But at the same time, it's just about adjusting to it and feeling comfortable out there. I've got to get in better condition, because I had a good cramp out there."

    LaDainian Tomlinson had a 55-yard touchdown run for San Diego (1-1), while substitute backs Michael Turner and Andrew Pinnock added 2-yard scoring bursts. Drayton Florence returned an interception 44 yards for a touchdown right before halftime. St. Louis (1-1) had two big pass plays, a 41-yarder from starter Marc Bulger to Torry Holt in the second quarter and a 78-yarder from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Kevin Curtis with 1:35 left in the game.
     

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