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Ex-Terp Shawne Merriman holds 15th coat drive, sees promise in Durkin's rebuilding at Maryland

Ex-Terp Shawne Merriman holds 15th coat drive, sees promise in Durkin's rebuilding at Maryland

Shawne Merrimen didn’t have to play on a rebuilding team going through growing pains when he came to Maryland as a freshman in the fall of 2002. The Terps were coming off a 10-2 season that included an ACC championship and an appearance in the Orange Bowl in Ralph Friedgen’s first year when Merriman joined the team.

After Maryland backed it up with an 11-win season, Merriman decided to take advantage of the booming interest in the program by giving back to the community where he grew up.

A star at Douglass High where he got the nickname “Lights Out” for reportedly knocking out four opposing players in a game, Merriman started a coat collection drive geared to helping Prince...

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