#1 Sack Leader: Whitney Mercilus, Illinois
A bright light on the Illinois Fighting Illini team this season has been the play of defensive end Whitney Mercilus. Whitney Mercilus was a 3 star high school recruit that came to the Illini from Garfield High School in Akron, Ohio. One of his best attributes as a defensive lineman is his speed. Before coming to the Illini he was posting a 4.6 second 40 yard dash time. That’s an incredible speed for any sort of lineman whether they’d be on offense or defense.
He’s proved to be trouble for many opponents and finds himself at the top of the list of NCAA leaders in total sacks.
NCAA Sack Leaders
1. Whitney Mercilus (Illinois)- 11.5 sacks
2. Vinny Curry (Marshall)- 10.5 sacks
3. Sammy Brown (Houston)- 8.5 sacks
4. Sean Porter (Texas A&M)- 8.5 sacks
5. Jarvis Jones (Georgia)- 8 sacks
Below you will find his season totals and the individual game defensive statistics for Whitney Mercilus:
Solo Tackles: 22
Tackles for Loss/ Yards Loss: 16.5/85 yards
Forced Fumbles: 6
Fumble Recoveries: 1
Quartberback Hurries: 5
Pass Break Ups: 1
Vs. Arkansas State: 3 tackles (all solo), 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 2 tackles for loss/ 9 yards.
Vs. South Dakota State: 1 sack, 1 quarterback hurry.
Vs. Arizona State: 5 tackles (3 solo), 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 quarterback hurry, 1 pass break up, 2 tackles for loss/ 8 yards.
Vs. Western Michigan: 4 tackles (2 solo), 1 sack, 3 quarterback hurries, 1 tackle for loss/ 7 yards.
Vs. Northwestern: 6 tackles (4 solo), 1.5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 1.5 tackles for loss/ 6 yards.
@ Indiana: 5 tackles (all solo), 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 4 tackles for loss/ 28 yards.
Vs. Ohio State: 9 tackles (1 solo), 1.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 2.5 tackles for loss/ 14 yards.
@ Purdue: 5 tackles (3 solo), 2 tackles for loss/ 3 yards.
@ Penn State: 6 tackles (1 solo), 1.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1.5 tackles for loss/ 10 yards.
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