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    Stop by the Go Texan Store on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 12:30pm - 1:30pm to meet a TBD Houston Texans Ambassador.  Fans can also enjoy a 10% off Power Hour discount in the Go Texan Store during the event!

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  • Sat., Jun. 20, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT First Down Dads Field Day pres. by ARAMARK

    Bring your kids out to the Houston Texans First Down Dads Field Day presented by ARAMARK on Saturday, June 20 inside the Houston Methodist Training Center from 10am to noon.  Houston Texans coaches, Ambassadors and Cheerleaders in attendance.  This event is filling up fast and will sellout, so register today! 

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  • Mon., Jun. 22, 2015 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM CDT Houston Texans Youth Football Camps presented by Under Armour Registration is now open for the Houston Texans Youth Football Camps presented by Under Armour, taking place June 22-26! These camps provide a great opportunity for kids ages 8-14 to learn about the game and play in a fun, safe environment. Both tackle and flag camps are available and camp participants can also enjoy visits from Texans players, Ambassadors, and Cheerleaders!

    Youth Football Camps pres. by Under Armour
    June 22 - 26
    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Houston Methodist Training Center
    8335 Lantern Point Drive
    Houston, TX 77054


    Registration for the week-long camp is $300 per child. Prices increase to $350 on April 15 and this event will sell out, so register your kids today at http://www.houstontexans.com/community/youthfootball.html!
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    Youth Football Camps pres. by Under Armour
    June 22 - 26
    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Houston Methodist Training Center
    8335 Lantern Point Drive
    Houston, TX 77054


    Registration for the week-long camp is $300 per child. Prices increase to $350 on April 15 and this event will sell out, so register your kids today at http://www.houstontexans.com/community/youthfootball.html!
  • Wed., Jun. 24, 2015 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM CDT Houston Texans Youth Football Camps presented by Under Armour Registration is now open for the Houston Texans Youth Football Camps presented by Under Armour, taking place June 22-26! These camps provide a great opportunity for kids ages 8-14 to learn about the game and play in a fun, safe environment. Both tackle and flag camps are available and camp participants can also enjoy visits from Texans players, Ambassadors, and Cheerleaders!

    Youth Football Camps pres. by Under Armour
    June 22 - 26
    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Houston Methodist Training Center
    8335 Lantern Point Drive
    Houston, TX 77054


    Registration for the week-long camp is $300 per child. Prices increase to $350 on April 15 and this event will sell out, so register your kids today at http://www.houstontexans.com/community/youthfootball.html!
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    Youth Football Camps pres. by Under Armour
    June 22 - 26
    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Houston Methodist Training Center
    8335 Lantern Point Drive
    Houston, TX 77054


    Registration for the week-long camp is $300 per child. Prices increase to $350 on April 15 and this event will sell out, so register your kids today at http://www.houstontexans.com/community/youthfootball.html!
  • Thu., Jun. 25, 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!
  • Fri., Jun. 26, 2015 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM CDT Houston Texans Youth Football Camps presented by Under Armour Registration is now open for the Houston Texans Youth Football Camps presented by Under Armour, taking place June 22-26! These camps provide a great opportunity for kids ages 8-14 to learn about the game and play in a fun, safe environment. Both tackle and flag camps are available and camp participants can also enjoy visits from Texans players, Ambassadors, and Cheerleaders!

    Youth Football Camps pres. by Under Armour
    June 22 - 26
    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Houston Methodist Training Center
    8335 Lantern Point Drive
    Houston, TX 77054


    Registration for the week-long camp is $300 per child. Prices increase to $350 on April 15 and this event will sell out, so register your kids today at http://www.houstontexans.com/community/youthfootball.html!
  • Fri., Jul. 10, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM CDT Flashback Fridays at Go Texan Store

    Stop by the Go Texan Store on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 12:30pm - 1:30pm to meet a TBD Houston Texans Ambassador.  Fans can also enjoy a 10% off Power Hour discount in the Go Texan Store during the event!

    Store info - http://www.houstontexans.com/gotexanstore.html

Team

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

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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