Merletti Out for Season

North Carolina junior defensive back Matt Merletti tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee during Tuesday afternoon's practice and will miss the 2009 season.

One of Carolina's top special teams players, Merletti was competing for playing time at safety this fall.

In 2008, the Cleveland native was a co-captain on special teams, an honor bestowed on UNC's top special teams players based on a point system. Merletti had 11 tackles last year and recovered two fumbles, including a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown vs. Connecticut.

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