The Fighting Illini football team is continuing to host 2013 prospects on unofficial visits. One who visited recently was Greg Hart, a tight end from Kettering, Ohio. While he does not yet hold an Illini offer, he is under strong consideration for one.
#85 Whitney Mercilus DE, Illinois
2011 Consensus All-American
2011 1st Team All-BIG 10
2011: 13 starts, 28 SOLO, 29 AST, 57 TOT, 22.5 TFL, 16.0 SCK, 9 FF
2010: 13 games, 2 starts, 16 TCK, 3.0 TFL, 1 SCK, 2 HURRIES, 2 FF,
2009: 11 games, 8 TCK, 3.5 TFL, 1 SCK
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The first season for new Illini head coach John Groce just got a lot tougher. He’ll be without his big 7 foot post presence in Center Meyers Leonard, who declared for the NBA Draft.
His sounds-like-it-tested-well-with-focus-groups statement regarding the matter:
“This was a very difficult decision because I love the University of Illinois. But I feel the timing is right for me...
The Fighting Illini defense enjoyed a tremendous 2011 season. But one likely starter didn't begin to show what he could do until late in the season. Ashante Williams was the scheduled starter at SAM, now called "Star," when he had a setback that forced him to the sidelines. He is now back in good graces and ready to make his final season a memorable one.
The Fighting Illini football team resumed spring practices Monday in Memorial Stadium. It was closed as usual, but head coach Tim Beckman updated the team's progress to date. Depth at tackle is a major concern; there are no easy answers if injuries take their toll. But Beckman remains upbeat as he puts his squad through its paces.