Each week the Illini in the NFL update will provide coverage on how former Fighting Illini football players fared during the previous week. Week 12 highlights include Pierre Thomas having another big game for the Saints, Rashard Mendenhall rushing for a TD in the Cardinals' win and Whitney Mercilus with another sack for the Texans.
Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints - Thomas had another big game, piling up 130 total yards (73 rushing on 10 carries and 57 receiving on five catches) in the Saints' 17-13 win over the Falcons on Thursday night. Thomas leads the team in rushing (486 yards) and is second on the squad in catches (56 rec. 406 yards) for the season. Watch Thomas stiff arm a Falcon's defender for a big gain