Friday, July 22, 2016

1977 Profile: Merv Krakau

Middle Linebacker
No. 52
Iowa State
"Probably the most improved player on the Bills' squad in 1976, Krakau started every game at middle linebacker and was far and away the team leader in tackles. He had 94 unassisted tackles and 38 assists and was also involved in two and a half sacks and defensed three passes. He was credited with six fumble recoveries, giving him nine the past two seasons.
Krakau has had one pass interception in each of the past three years. He started nine games in the middle in 1975. He appeared in 11 games in 1974, along with a starting role in the first game of 1973. Merv's rapid development in 1973 made him a real sleeper in that year's draft when he was chosen 14th. He has been a very strong special teams player although last year with his starting status, he saw little special teams action.
A defensive tackle for Johnny Majors at Iowa State, Krakau made the All-Big Eight squad and was a third team All-America choice of the Associated Press. He was Iowa State's outstanding defensive player in the Liberty Bowl game and a member of the Senior Bowl squad. Merv was named National Lineman of the Week for his performance against Nebraska in 1972; his defensive effort against the Cornhuskers included two fumble recoveries, two fumbles caused, three pass deflections, two sacks of the quarterback and 11 unassisted tackles.
Merv was a physical education major at Iowa State and has ambitions to be a coach and teacher after his playing career. Bowling, hunting and fishing are his hobbies."

-Buffalo Bills 1977 Press-Radio-TV Guide

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