MINNEAPOLIS As he took down Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase late in the first half of Saturday's game, Minnesota defensive lineman D.L. Wilhite's long-time goal was in his grasp.
The sack gave Wilhite 7.5 on the season, tying him with Nebraska's Eric Martin for the most in the Big Ten. Leading the conference in sacks is something Wilhite has aimed for since his redshirt freshman season in 2009.
But it wasn't until his senior year that he even came close.
"Each year, I fell not just kind of short, but really, really far away from getting the opportunity to do that," Wilhite said. "It feels good to actually have some pretty good production this year, and I'm glad that's been able to help out the team."
Wilhite had three sacks as a junior year last season, second-most on the Gophers. He had one sack in 12 games as a sophomore and three sacks as a freshman. Through 10 games of his senior year, Wilhite has more than doubled his previous career total of seven sacks and he still ...