Posts tagged "Whitney Mercilus"

Illini DE Whitney Mercilus gets drafted by Houston Texans

Illini DE Whitney Mercilus gets drafted by Houston Texans
He came out of nowhere to win the Ted Hendricks Award as the best Defensive End in all of college football. He rose from obscurity to become an All-American at Illinois. Now Whitney Mercilus is a member of the Houston Texans, joining fellow Big Ten alum J.J. Watt of the Wisconsin Badgers as the men... Read more »

Illini DE Whitney Mercilus: 2011 National Defensive End of the Year!

Illini DE Whitney Mercilus: 2011 National Defensive End of the Year!
Illinois junior Whitney Mercilus has won the 2011 Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. Mercilus led the nation in sacks, sacks per game and forced fumbles while ranking sixth nationally in tackles for loss per game. He becomes the first Illini national award winner since Dana Howard (1994) and Kevin Hardy (1995) won the... Read more »

Illini Football Spring Game: Notables and Quotables

A small select group of things are certain in life- death, taxes, and Fighting Illini football seasons ending up much different than what you expected in the preseason. Last year’s team wasn’t expected to really do much- Yet the finished 7-6 (despite a very difficult schedule) and with a quite decisive bowl victory. Conversely, in... Read more »
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Essential Guide to the 2011 Illinois Fighting Illini Spring Football Game

Now that Mikel Leshoure left the Illini early for the NFL Draft, (and who can blame him really? He will be one of the first three running backs taken next week) Illinois college football is now headlined by sophomore QB Nathan Scheelhaase. It’s his team. And if he continue to makes strides like he did... Read more »

Illini Take Down Salukis, Win Game They Should Have

In the end it was a win that the Illini HAD to have. Given the events of September 11th, 2010, it was far from a sure thing. Though the Illinois Fighting Illini brought home a 35-3 win Saturday night against Southern Illinois, it wasn’t like they did so with any particular panache. Still, with Minnesota... Read more »