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Jonathan Brown Has Good Year, Wants More

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The Fighting Illini football team saw a couple defenders come out of nowhere and earn post season recognition. Junior defensive end Whitney Mercilus became a consensus All-American, and sophomore linebacker Jonathan Brown earned All-Big 10 mention. Brown was a backup as a true freshman last year, but his play this fall gives great hope for the future.

Jonathan Brown was prominent among Illinois season stat leaders in 2011. He led the team with 102 tackles in 11 games, 24 more than senior teammate Ian Thomas, who played in all 12 games. Brown was credited with 19 tackles for loss, second only to the 19.5 by defensive end Whitney Mercilus. He had six sacks, four pass breakups, two fumble recoveries, one interception and one forced fumble...

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