Found February 28, 2012 on Inside the Bears:
INDIANAPOLIS — There are three podiums and eight round, 10-seat dinner tables for player interviews in the NFL Scouting Combine media center at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis — the podiums for the Andrew Lucks and Michael Floyds, the tables for the Isaiah Peads and Jake Bequettes. Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus, a late bloomer in college who’s rising rapidly on the draft charts, literally transitioned from the lower group to the higher one in an instant last week. His media interview started at a table. But when he was inundated by reporters and cameras, he was quickly escorted to …

DE Mercilus clocks well

Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus is one of a handful of pass rushers clocking very good 40 times at the NFL Combine. Mercilus unofficially ran a 4.65 and a 4.63 for his pair of 40 times. Nick Perry’s unofficial 4.5 and Bruce Irvin’s unofficial 4.43 are the fastest for the position thus far.

Whitney Mercilus shows off his quick first step

Whitney Mercilus of Illinois was one of the best pass rushers in college football last season, and he’s showing at the Scouting Combine that he has just the kind of quick first step that NFL teams look for in a pass rusher. Mercilus ran the 40-yard dash in an unofficial time of 4.63 seconds, but…

Illinois’ Whitney Mercilus shooting up charts

INDIANAPOLIS — There are three podiums and eight round, 10-seat dinner tables for player interviews in the NFL Scouting Combine media center at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis — the podiums for the Andrew Lucks and Michael Floyds, the tables for the Isaiah Peads and Jake Bequettes. Illinois defensive...

Sobering Words From Chicago B-Ball Expert

Fighting Illini basketball coach Bruce Weber is working to keep his job at Illinois while wolves growl angrily at his door. A number of fans feel entitled to more wins, and they demand better recruiting results, especially in talent-rich Chicago. Windy City talent evaluator Joe Henricksen provides sobering thoughts on the shape of the program and potential for the future.

Illini Assistant Provides Recruiting Pitch

Fighting Illini football coach Tim Beckman has an ambitious plan for recruiting the best and brightest to Illinois. Beginning with the home state and branching out, Beckman is eager to compete with Big 10 power schools for top talent. Alex Golesh was hired to aid that cause. In part 2, the tight end coach and recruiting coordinator shares Illini recruiting philosophy.

Daily NFL Draft Tidbit: Illinois Whitney Mercilus has the look of an OLB in Pats 3-4 defense

Illinois defensive end/outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus has been a favorite of some in mock drafts to land with the Patriots. His media session at the combine merely enhanced the possibility. For starters he has the right build and look of an outside linebacker in a Bill Belichick 3-4 defense, assuming that’s what the Pats will go back to next season. Mercilus certainly looked...

St. Louis Running Back Enjoys Illini Visit

After only two months on the job, the Fighting Illini football coaching staff hosted one of the largest groups of juniors in recent years in Champaign as Illinois basketball faced Iowa at the Assembly Hall. One of the headliners of that group was star St. Louis running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Michael Orris Shares Diary #2 With UI Nation

The Fighting Illini basketball team signed one player to a scholarship tender last November. Crete-Monee point guard Michael Orris has had an up-and-down final season, largely the result of a high ankle sprain that slowed him down much of the year. He talks about that and his senior season so far in the second edition of his continuing diary for InsideIllini.

LB Eric Beisel Enjoys Illini Junior Day

Defense was the staple of the 2011 Fighting Illini football team. One of the especially strong groups was the linebacker corps. Looking to reload for the future, Illinois hosted a physical 2013 linebacker out of the Show-Me State Sunday.

General News. Fighting Illini Align with Chicago Fire in Cross Promotion Agreement

The University of Illinois and Chicago Fire Soccer Club have formed a cross-promotional partnership where Illini fans will receive special offers for Fire events. Buy Tickets |

Illinois vs. Michigan Senior Night Game Notes

Illinois will honor seniors Sam Maniscalco and Jean Selus prior to Thursday's home finale vs. Michigan (6 pm CT, ESPN) Watch | Listen | GameTracker | Mobile Livestats | Illinois Game Notes | Buy Tickets |

Griffey Staying Strong Despite Frustrations

The Fighting Illini basketball team has experienced the ecstasy of victory and the agony of defeat, the latter far too often for everyone's taste. Illini junior Tyler Griffey's career has been even more down than up. He has seen minimal time on the court in his three years, but he's kept a positive attitude. He made big contributions at Michigan and last Sunday against Iowa.

DL official times

Earlier in the day we brought you some unofficial times for defensive ends. The officials are now in. Here are some of the more noteworthy talents. Keep in mind that Alabama’s Courtney Upshaw is in the LB position group and has yet to run. Bruce Irvin – WVa – 4.5 Nick Perry – USC – 4.64 Whitney Mercilus – Illinois – 4.68 Andre Branch – Clemson – 4.7 Quinton Coples...

General News. Fighting Illini and White Sox Form Partnership

The University of Illinois and Chicago White Sox have formed a cross-promotional relationship, UI athletics director Mike Thomas announced Wednesday.

Live Blog: Illinois vs. St. John's

The Fighting Illini open play at the Coastal Carolina Invitational against St. John's on Friday. Assistant Sports Information Director Ben Taylor will be providing fans with an inside look at today's game.
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