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Whitney Mercilus, DE

School: Illinois  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Akron, OH
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 261 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2231
Selected 1st Rnd
Houston Texans
26th Pick Overall
2011 Season
Leads the nation and the Big Ten in sacks (13.5) and sacks per game (1.23), and leads the nation with eight forced fumbles ... Has tied the Big Ten record and broken the Illinois mark with eight forced fumbles this season ... Is sixth nationally in TFLs per game (1.75) ... Had a sack and a forced fumble against Wiscosin on Nov. 19 ... Posted three tackles, one forced fumble, one TFL, one QBH, and one sack against Michigan to move into sole possession of third place on the Illini single-season list for sacks ... Recorded six tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble against Penn State, moving into a tie for third on Illinois' single-season sacks list ... Had five tackles and 2 TFLs against Purdue ... Against Ohio State, had a career-high nine tackles and recorded 1.5 sacks and reached double digits on the year ... Had five solo tackles, 4.0 TFLs, 3.0 sacks and two forced fumbles in victory over Indiana ... Had six tackles along with 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery in win over Northwestern ... Recorded four tackles, a career-high three QB hurries and one sack against Western Michigan ... Had five tackles, 2.0 sacks, one forced fumble, one PBU and one QB hurry in win over Arizona State ... Had three solo tackles, 2.0 TFLs and a forced fumble against Arkansas State.
2010 Season
Played in all 13 games, making two starts ... Had 16 tackles, 3.0 TFLs, one sack, two hurries, two forced fumbles and one PBU in 2010 ... Recorded two tackles, one TFL and forced a fumble in Texas Bowl win over Baylor ... Had a tackle and a QB hurry against NIU ... Made first career start against SIU, tallying his first solo QB sack, 2 TFLs, a forced fumble, a QB hurry and a PBU.
2009 Season
Played in 11 games, recording eight tackles, 3.5 TFLs and one sack on the season ... Had a career-best 1.5 TFLs against Northwestern ... Recorded a half-sack in win over Minnesota ... Posted a tackle, and first career quarterback sack, in win over Michigan ... Had a tackle, including his first career TFL, at Purdue.
2008 Season
Redshirted the 2008 season ... Enrolled at Illinois in January 2008.
High School
Rated as the No. 36 defensive end by ESPN.com ... Ranked as the No. 28 weakside defensive end by Rivals.com ... Listed as the 22nd-best recruit in the state of Ohio by Rivals.com ... Posted 36 solo tackles, six for loss, two sacks and four fumble recoveries, including one for a 36-yard touchdown, in 2007 ... Also caught 24 passes for 417 yards and eight touchdowns ... Earned Northeast Ohio Inland All-Star team selection ... Named to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer Defensive All-Star team ... Earned district All-Star honors ... PrepStar All-Region ... Graduated high school with over a 3.0 GPA ... High school coach was Bob Sax.
Personal
Son of Yvrose and Wilner Mercilus ... Born on July 21, 1990 ... Parents are originally from Haiti ... Majoring in community health ... Chose Illinois over Cincinnati, Kansas, Michigan State and Purdue.
 
 
Latest News
04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 1/26 - Whitney Mercilus, OLB, 6-4, 261, Illinois...He'll move to outside linebacker in the 3-4 and learn behind starters Connor Barwin and Brooks Reed. All three should play in passing situations. - The Sports Xchange

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