The second-year starter, who was among the first in the nation to capitalize on NIL, said it's all about making sure the main focus remains on football even as opportunities to market themselves arrive off the field.
“I think he’s doing a heck of a job building his brand and making use of the attention that he’s getting — and rightly so,” senior fullback John Chenal said of Mertz. “The dude’s a heck of a player, and I’m really happy for him.”
“It’s never been an ego thing for me,” UW's offensive line coach said. “I’m here because I love this place and it’s very unique to be able to coach these guys. It’s a really good group of kids and I just think (this) gives us our best chance to win as a program.”