Saturday afternoon in the Tigers' 2006 season opener against Florida Atlantic was no different.
After listening to all the hype surrounding ACC Rookie of the Year James Davis and incoming freshman C.J. Spiller during the offseason, Merriweather was business as usual, proving once again he belongs in the mix at running back by rushing nine times for 75 yards and a touchdown.
"It feels good," he said. "It's also good that we came out on offense and put up a lot of points. ... Hopefully next week can do the same thing."
Interestingly enough, despite Saturday's success against Florida Atlantic, there's little doubt that Davis will continue to get a majority of the carries and Spiller will continue to improve, which could mean more carries for him as well.
But even so, Merriweather knows he'll get his opportunity each and every game.
And why wouldn't he?
Remember, this is the same back that rushed for over 100 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Tigers to a 24-17 road win over Miami just two seasons ago. He's also the same back that led Clemson to a 29-7 win over South Carolina when he put up another 100+ yards and three scores.
"I never feel like the odd man out," he said. "When I first got here I was No. 5 in the rotation. I had to work to get myself in. I get better every year and this year I'm going to prove myself again."
Head coach Tommy Bowden certainly believes in his fifth-year senior.
"He's done that every year," said Bowden. "When James came in, and even before he's a good little back. But he shows up every week and is enthusiastic. It takes a unique guy from a maturity standpoint. ... He's done a really good job."