Merritt Kirchoffer - Football - Vanderbilt University Athletics

#64 Merritt Kirchoffer Season 2006-07


Class Redshirt Junior
Height 6'5"
Weight 320
Hometown Roswell, GA
High School Roswell

Kirchoffer had a roller coaster campaign as a redshirt junior, starting strongly at right guard and closing as a starting tackle after struggling with midseason injuries… One of the Commodores[apos] strongest players, Kirchoffer started in nine games, and played in all 12 games… Kirchoffer started first eight games at right guard, giving way to a healthy Mac Pyle.. In last weeks of season, Kirchoffer moved to right tackle when depth became an issue… After two weeks spelling Elliot Hood at tackle, Kirchoffer worked his way into the starting lineup at tackle for the finale against Tennessee.

Played in every game… Served as key offensive guard reserve and on special team conversion units… Enjoyed most offensive line action during middle stages of season..

Played in four games during the season, missing several games midway through the campaign due to an ankle injury… Participated at offensive guard in the first three games, then returned to play in the season finale.


High School
Started as senior at right offensive tackle…North Fulton Super 11 pick by Atlanta Journal-Constitution, First Team All-Region and All-Fulton County… Team missed playoffs after 7-3 regular season in 2002… Named team[apos]s Best Offensive Lineman, earning season blocking grade of 91%… Earned three varsity letters as heavyweight wrestler… Impressive lifter in the weight room.

Kirchoffer is undecided on a major.

Son of Florence and Arthur Merritt Kirchoffer Jr… Dad is risk manager at Bell South, mom is registered nurse…. Atlanta native… Has one younger sister, Mandy… First year of organized football was in ninth grade… Enjoys fishing and golf… Earned scholar athlete status as junior and senior.