Texans Linebacker, former Illini standout Whitney Mercilus named AFC Defensive Player of the Month


On Thursday, the NFL announced that Texans LB Whitney Mercilus has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Month.

The former Illini standout recorded 17 tackles (10 solo), 5.5 sacks for 23.5 yards, seven quarterback hits, three tackles for loss, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and one pass defensed in five games

Mercilus finished the regular season with a career-high 12.0 sacks.