62 Days to Miami football: Richard Mercier All-Star OL

5 Sep 1998: Mandatory Credit: Eliot J. Schech
5 Sep 1998: Mandatory Credit: Eliot J. Schech /

Richard Mercier was a fixture on the offensive line for the Miami football team in the 1990s after matriculating in Coral Gables from Montreal.

Richard Mercier started 48 games for the Miami football program during the 1990s. Mercier started all 48 games during his college career and was named first-team All-Big East as a junior and senior in 1998 and 1999. As a senior, Mercier was named a first-team All-American by The Sporting News and Pro Football Weekly.

Mercier signed with the Hurricanes as the second-ranked college recruit out Canada. Before concentrating on football, Mercier was fifth in the Canadian Junior Freestyle Mogul Skiing Championships. Mercier was coached on the Miami offensive line by legendary coach Art Kehoe.

Mercier became a starter as a freshman and stayed there all four years he played with the Hurricanes except for missing the 1997 season after reconstructive knee surgery. Mercier returned and started the last two years as previously stated earned All-Big East as a guard.

Following his senior season, Mercier was selected for college all-star games, the East-West Shrine Game in Palo Alto, California, the Florida Citrus All-Star Gridiron Classic in Orlando, the Hula Bowl in Honolulu and the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. Mercier was able to show his skills for the NFL Draft.

Mercier was selected in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens to join former Hurricanes, linebacker Ray Lewis and defensive back Duane Starks. Mercier played three seasons in the NFL. Mercier was one of the strongest players in the Miami football program during his collegiate career.

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Mercier was a key part of the offensive line for the Miami football program during the 1990s as Butch Davis was rebuilding the Hurricanes into a national power. On the list of Miami players who wore number 62 in program history, Mercier was the best.