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Whitney Mercilus
LB #59
Height:
6-4
Weight:
258
Age:
23
College:
Illinois
Experience:
3

Quick Stats (2013):

TCKL
47
SCK
7.0
FF
0
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 72 53 19 13.0 0 1 0 0 -- 0 0 2 1
2013 HOU 16 16 47 33 14 7.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2012 HOU 16 4 25 20 5 6.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 2 1
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @SD W 31-28 5 5 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 TEN W 30-24 3 3 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 @BAL L 9-30 5 2 3 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 SEA L 20-23 6 4 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
5 @SF L 3-34 3 2 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 STL L 13-38 3 2 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
7 @KC L 16-17 2 2 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
9 IND L 24-27 1 1 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
10 @ARI L 24-27 1 1 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
11 OAK L 23-28 2 0 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
12 JAC L 6-13 6 6 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
13 NE L 31-34 3 2 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
14 @JAC L 20-27 2 1 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
15 @IND L 3-25 2 0 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
16 DEN L 13-37 2 1 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
17 @TEN L 10-16 1 1 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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TWITTER: @Merci380

TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Houston Texans in the first round (26th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.

2012 (Houston 16/4):
Tied the Texans rookie record for sacks in a season with 6.0
Made his Texans and NFL debut on outside linebacker in the season opener vs. Miami (9/9)
Had a special teams tackle at Jacksonville (9/16) and at the New York Jets (10/8)
Made two special teams tackles at Denver (9/23)
Had one tackle vs. Green Bay (10/14)
Registered his first career sack and forced a fumble when he dropped Joe Flacco for a 2-yard loss in the first quarter vs. Baltimore (10/21)
Recorded two sacks and collected his second career forced fumble vs. Buffalo (11/4)
Made two tackles (one solo) at Chicago (11/11)
Collected a season-high four tackles at Detroit (11/22)
Sacked Jake Locker twice for a total loss of six yards and recovered a fumble at Tennessee (12/2)
Sacked Tom Brady for a 7-yard loss in the third quarter at New England (12/10) to give him 6.0 sacks on the season, tying the franchise rookie sack record set by OLB Brooks Reed in 2011.
Recorded four tackles (one solo) vs. Indianapolis (12/16)
Made one tackle at Indianapolis (12/30)
Made his postseason debut in the AFC Wild Card Playoff vs. Cincinnati (1/5/13)
Made one tackle and one special teams tackle in AFC Divisional Playoff at New England (1/13/13)

TWITTER: @Merci380

TRANSACTIONS:Selected by Houston Texans in the first round (26th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.

2012 (Houston 16/4):
Tied the Texans rookie record for sacks in a season with 6.0
Made his Texans and NFL debut on outside linebacker in the season opener vs. Miami (9/9)
Had a special teams tackle at Jacksonville (9/16) and at the New York Jets (10/8)
Made two special teams tackles at Denver (9/23)
Had one tackle vs. Green Bay (10/14)
Registered his first career sack and forced a fumble when he dropped Joe Flacco for a 2-yard loss in the first quarter vs. Baltimore (10/21)
Recorded two sacks and collected his second career forced fumble vs. Buffalo (11/4)
Made two tackles (one solo) at Chicago (11/11)
Collected a season-high four tackles at Detroit (11/22)
Sacked Jake Locker twice for a total loss of six yards and recovered a fumble at Tennessee (12/2)
Sacked Tom Brady for a 7-yard loss in the third quarter at New England (12/10) to give him 6.0 sacks on the season, tying the franchise rookie sack record set by OLB Brooks Reed in 2011.
Recorded four tackles (one solo) vs. Indianapolis (12/16)
Made one tackle at Indianapolis (12/30)
Made his postseason debut in the AFC Wild Card Playoff vs. Cincinnati (1/5/13)
Made one tackle and one special teams tackle in AFC Divisional Playoff at New England (1/13/13)

COLLEGE:
Started 15 of 37 games at Illinois, recording 81 tackles (42 solo) with 18.0 sacks (119 yards), 28 tackles for loss (150 yards), 11 forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries
Tied for eighth in NCAA FBS history with 11 forced fumbles, which also ranks fifth all-time in the Big Ten Conference and is second on the Illini all-time list (13 by Simeon Rice from 1992-95)
Set a school and Big Ten single-season record with nine forced fumbles in 2011
Third on the Illinois single-season tackle for loss chart with 22.5 in 2011
Earned 2011 All-America and All-Big Ten Conference first-team honors from The NFL Draft Report as the scouting service named him the league’s Player of the Year and National Defensive Lineman of the Year
Mid-season All-America from Phil Steele’s College Football and was selected National Defensive Lineman of the Week for his performance vs. Indiana (3.0 sacks) his senior season
Led the nation in sacks per game (1.23) and fumbles forced per game (0.833) as a senior
Recorded a career-high 57 tackles (28 solo) with 16.0 sacks (105 yards) to tie the school season-record that was first set by Simeon Rice in 1994
Played in all 13 games, starting two games at weak-side defensive end his junior season
Recorded 16 tackles (eight solo) with a 7-yard sack and three tackles for loss in 2010
Recorded eight tackles (four solo), two assisted sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss in 2009
Redshirted as a freshman

PERSONAL: 
Attended Garfield High School, played defensive end and tight end and earned Northeast Ohio Inland All-Star team, Cleveland Plain-Dealer Defensive All-Star team and All-District honors after leading the Rams to a 7-3 record in 2007
A Prep Star All-Region and All-Akron City League choice, he recorded 36 solo tackles with a pair of sacks, six stops behind the line of scrimmage and four fumble recoveries, advancing one 36 yards for a score that year

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