Scouts to Look at Former Illini Feb. 22-28 in Indianapolis
Defensive End Becomes 20th Illini to Earn Distinction
Junior DE Will Forgo Senior Season at Illinois
Illini Score 20 Unanswered Points to Top UCLA in San Francisco
Photos from the Illinois career of Whitney Mercilus (2009-11)
Photos from Day 1 of Illinois' trip to San Francisco for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (photos by Mark Jones & Derek Neal)
Illini DE Whitney Mercilus at the Bronko Nagurski Award Ceremony Dec. 11-12 in Charlotte, NC.
Illinois at No. 21 Penn State Photos - 10/29/11. Photos from AP and Mark Jones
No. 16 Illinois vs. Ohio State - AP Photos - 10/15/11
MERCILUS AWARDS & HONORS
2010 - Sophomore: 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 - RS Freshman: 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 - Freshman: 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 ... Last name pronounced MER-sil-us ... Born on July 21, 1990 ... Parents are originally from Haiti ... Majoring in community health ... Chose Illinois over Cincinnati, Kansas, Michigan State and Purdue.