The pride of Illinois Fighting Illini defense, pass-rushing phenom DE Whitney Mercilus, may need to buy a bigger trophy case.
In addition to his Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year award, his AFCA, Walter Camp, and CBS All-American and All-Big Ten first team positions, and his AP First-Team All-American award, Whitney now has a spot on the SB Nation 2011 Football All-America Team:
Mercilus, who Bill Connelly calls a "sack machine," led the NCAA with 14.5 sacks and has since declared his intentions to enter the 2012 NFL Draft.
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