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  • Sat., Mar. 07, 2015 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM CST Play Safe Clinic presented by Houston Methodist and GE

    The Houston Texans are proud to partner with GE and Houston Methodist to launch the Play Safe Football Clinics! These clinics will highlight the importance of concussion awareness,  proper hydration, and nutrition.

    Special guests will include experts in related fields, Houston Texans Ambassadors, and Texans Cheerleaders!  Participants will hear from guest speakers and then take part in interactive football drills. 
     
    Play Safe Football Clinics
    9:30am: Check-in
    10:00am-12:30pm: Clinics


    March 7: Cinco Ranch High School
    March 21: James Driver Park
    April 11: Pearland Junior High West
    April 25: Capmbell Middle School


    These events are free, however registration is required. There are four different dates and locations to choose from. Space is limited, so register for a clinic near you today through this link - http://www.houstontexans.com/kids/footballclinic.html

     

  • Sat., Mar. 21, 2015 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT Play Safe Clinic presented by Houston Methodist and GE The Houston Texans are proud to partner with GE and Houston Methodist to launch the Play Safe Football Clinics! These clinics will highlight the importance of concussion awareness,  proper hydration, and nutrition.

    Special guests will include experts in related fields, Houston Texans Ambassadors, and Texans Cheerleaders!  Participants will hear from guest speakers and then take part in interactive football drills. 
     
    Play Safe Football Clinics
    9:30am: Check-in
    10:00am-12:30pm: Clinics


    March 7: Cinco Ranch High School
    March 21: James Driver Park
    April 11: Pearland Junior High West
    April 25: Capmbell Middle School


    These events are free, however registration is required. There are four different dates and locations to choose from. Space is limited, so register for a clinic near you today through this link - http://www.houstontexans.com/kids/footballclinic.html
  • Sat., Mar. 28, 2015 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM CDT 2015 Houston Texans Cheerleader Tryouts

    The 2015 Houston Texans Cheerleaders Tryouts are Saturday, March 28! Get the opportunity to perform on national television, travel the world, and more. Tryouts are free and you have nothing to lose!

    Click the link for complete info to register - http://www.houstontexans.com/cheerleaders/tryouts/2015.html

  • Sat., Apr. 11, 2015 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT Play Safe Clinic presented by Houston Methodist and GE The Houston Texans are proud to partner with GE and Houston Methodist to launch the Play Safe Football Clinics! These clinics will highlight the importance of concussion awareness,  proper hydration, and nutrition.

    Special guests will include experts in related fields, Houston Texans Ambassadors, and Texans Cheerleaders!  Participants will hear from guest speakers and then take part in interactive football drills. 
     
    Play Safe Football Clinics
    9:30am: Check-in
    10:00am-12:30pm: Clinics


    March 7: Cinco Ranch High School
    March 21: James Driver Park
    April 11: Pearland Junior High West
    April 25: Capmbell Middle School


    These events are free, however registration is required. There are four different dates and locations to choose from. Space is limited, so register for a clinic near you today through this link - http://www.houstontexans.com/kids/footballclinic.html
  • Sun., Apr. 19, 2015 6:00 AM - 3:30 PM CDT 2015 Houston Texans Kids Triathlon

    The all new Houston Texans Kids Triathlon presented by Texas Children’s Hospital is April 19. Space is limited and this event will sell out, so register your kids today by clicking on this link - http://www.houstontexans.com/kids/triathlon/home.html

  • Thu., Apr. 23, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Texans Radio Live at Houston Texans Grille Stop by the Houston Texans Grille located at CityCentre (I-10 & Beltway 8) as Texans Radio broadcasts LIVE with special guests including Voice of the Texans, Marc Vandermeer!
  • Sat., Apr. 25, 2015 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT Play Safe Clinic presented by Houston Methodist and GE The Houston Texans are proud to partner with GE and Houston Methodist to launch the Play Safe Football Clinics! These clinics will highlight the importance of concussion awareness,  proper hydration, and nutrition.

    Special guests will include experts in related fields, Houston Texans Ambassadors, and Texans Cheerleaders!  Participants will hear from guest speakers and then take part in interactive football drills. 
     
    Play Safe Football Clinics
    9:30am: Check-in
    10:00am-12:30pm: Clinics


    March 7: Cinco Ranch High School
    March 21: James Driver Park
    April 11: Pearland Junior High West
    April 25: Capmbell Middle School


    These events are free, however registration is required. There are four different dates and locations to choose from. Space is limited, so register for a clinic near you today through this link - http://www.houstontexans.com/kids/footballclinic.html
  • Sat., May. 02, 2015 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT Texans Care Volunteer Day presented by Reliant Texans Care Volunteer Day presented by Reliant is a city-wide volunteer day on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 8AM - noon where Texans players, Cheerleaders, Ambassadors, TORO and staff will volunteer alongside Texans fans!

    As an organization, the Texans make it a priority to give back to the Houston community. This day provides an opportunity to invite Texans fans to volunteer with the team to make a positive change. These organizations work to improve the standard of living for the young people of Houston, which aligns with the Texans mission to be Champions for Youth.

    There are plenty of locations across Houston, so sign up today at http://www.houstontexans.com/community/volunteer-day.html!
  • Wed., May. 13, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM CDT Moms Clinic presented by Houston Methodist and GE

    The Houston Texans are proud to partner with GE and Houston Methodist to launch the Play Safe Moms Clinic just for football moms on May 13th!

    This free clinic will provide moms with the latest safety information in concussion awareness, proper hydration and nutrition to prepare them for the upcoming football season.  These classroom-style instructions and interactive football drills will take place in the Houston Methodist Training Center.

    Space is limited, so register today at http://www.houstontexans.com/kids/momclinic.html!

  • Thu., May. 21, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Texans Radio Live at Houston Texans Grille Stop by the Houston Texans Grille located at CityCentre (I-10 & Beltway 8) as Texans Radio broadcasts LIVE from 6pm - 7pm with special guests including Voice of the Texans, Marc Vandermeer!

Team

Whitney Mercilus
LB #59
Height:
6-4
Weight:
258
Age:
24
College:
Illinois
Experience:
3

Quick Stats (2014):

TCKL
50
SCK
5.0
FF
2
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 122 84 38 18.0 0 1 0 0 -- 0 0 4 1
2014 HOU 15 13 50 31 19 5.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 2 --
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 WAS W 17-6 -- 0 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 @OAK W 30-14 1 1 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 @NYG L 17-30 5 3 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 BUF W 23-17 2 1 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
5 @DAL L 17-20 5 4 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 IND L 28-33 6 3 3 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
7 @PIT L 23-30 5 3 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
8 @TEN W 30-16 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
9 PHI L 21-31 9 5 4 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
11 @CLE W 23-7 2 1 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
12 CIN L 13-22 5 2 3 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
13 TEN W 45-21 3 3 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
14 @JAC W 27-13 1 1 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
15 @IND L 10-17 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
16 BAL W 25-13 3 1 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
17 JAC W 23-17 3 3 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...Signed by Texans on June 14, 2012.

CAREER:
Has started 20 of the 32 regular season games he has played in with 13.0 sacks, 25 quarterback hits, 12 tackles for loss two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery
Tied the franchise rookie record for sacks with 6.0 in 2012
Has appeared in two career playoff games, totaling one tackle and one special teams tackle

TWITTER: @Merci380

TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Houston Texans in the first round (26th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft...Signed by Texans on June 14, 2012.

CAREER:
Has started 20 of the 32 regular season games he has played in with 13.0 sacks, 25 quarterback hits, 12 tackles for loss two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery
Tied the franchise rookie record for sacks with 6.0 in 2012
Has appeared in two career playoff games, totaling one tackle and one special teams tackle

2013 (Houston 16/16):
Started all 16 games at weakside linebacker and recorded career-bests of 65 tackles, 7.0 sacks and 18 quarterback hits while tying a career-high with 6 tackles for loss
Recorded seven tackles (five solo) and a sack for a loss of 6 yards at San Diego (9/9)
Recorded career highs in tackles (eight, four solo) and sacks (2.5) vs. Seattle (9/29)
Recorded six tackles (three solo) and a sack at San Francisco (10/6)
Added another sack to go along with four solo tackles vs. Jacksonville (11/24)
Tied his career-high of 6.0 sacks in a season with a half-sack vs. New England (12/1)
Set a career high with his seventh sack of the season vs. Denver (12/22)

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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