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All-America Honors 1st Of Many For Mercilus

Whitney Mercilus (UI SID)

Another day, another honor for Fighting Illini defensive end Whitney Mercilus. Today he was named to the AFCA FBS Coaches' All-America first team. The Akron, Ohio, native had no idea he would have this much success during his college career. But after leading the nation in sacks and forced fumbles, the honors bestowed upon him now are inevitable.

Speaking after the announcement of the first of what will likely be numerous All-America honors, Illinois junior defensive end Whitney Mercilus admits he had no such expectation when he first arrived on the Illini campus. "No, not at all. In my mind, I thought I was a pretty good player, but not good enough to get to the All-American spot. There's a lot of good players out there that are...

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