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Defensive End Mercilus Eager To Compete

Illinois graduated two of its top three defensive ends this past year. That opens doors for underclassmen eager to take their places. The competition is fierce so far this spring, and several athletes are potential starters. A redshirt freshman who is vying for playing time is Whitney Mercilus.

A graduate of Garfield High School in Akron, Ohio, Whitney Mercilus is pleased with his decision to attend Illinois. "I love it. Last year, being around these guys taught me a lot of things, a lot of things I didn't learn in high school. It's a great program also." Whitney was undersized for defensive end out of high school and benefitted from his redshirt year even though he didn't want to...

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