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Team

Whitney Mercilus
OLB #59
Height:
6-4
Weight:
265
Age:
27
College:
Illinois
Experience:
6

Quick Stats (2017):

TCKL
10
SCK
1.0
FF
1
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 237 161 76 38.5 0 4 0 0 -- 0 0 7 7
2017 HOU 5 5 10 9 1 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2016 HOU 15 15 53 36 17 7.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 4
2015 HOU 16 10 52 32 20 12.0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 1 2
2014 HOU 15 13 50 31 19 5.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 2 --
2013 HOU 16 16 47 33 14 7.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2012 HOU 16 4 25 20 5 6.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 2 1
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 JAX L 7-29 4 3 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 @CIN W 13-9 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 @NE L 33-36 5 5 0 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
4 TEN W 57-14 1 1 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
5 KC L 34-42 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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TWITTER: @Merci380

TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Houston Texans in the first round (26th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft...Signed by Texans on June 14, 2012...Re-signed with the Texans on May 5, 2015.

TWITTER: @Merci380

TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Houston Texans in the first round (26th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft...Signed by Texans on June 14, 2012...Re-signed with the Texans on May 5, 2015.

HONORS:
Associated Press Second-Team All-Pro (2016)
AFC Defensive Player of the Month (December 2015)
AFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 1, 2016)

CAREER:
Owns the third-most sacks in the NFL over the last 25 regular season games with 19.5, trailing only Raiders DE Khalil Mack and Broncos OLB Von Miller
Ranks third in franchise history with 37.5 sacks
The franchise postseason sack leader with 6.0
Became the first player in franchise history and the fifth player in the NFL since 1982 to post two games with 3.5-or-more sacks in a season in 2015
Tied DE Mario Williams (12.0 in 2008) for the fifth-most sacks in a season in franchise history in 2015
Has 10 career games with 2.0-or-more sacks
Tied the franchise rookie record for sacks with 6.0 in 2012
Has appeared in four career playoff games, totaling 16 tackles (10 solo), 5.0 sacks and one special teams tackle
Joined Kevin Greene, Terrell Suggs and Von Miller as the only players since 1982 with 5.0 sacks over two playoff games
Became the first player in franchise history to record multiple sacks in two straight postseason contests, dating back to last season’s AFC Wild Card matchup against Kansas City (1/9/16)
Tied with OLB Brooks Reed and DE J.J. Watt (5.0) for the most career sacks in Texans postseason history and is one tackle for loss shy of Watt’s franchise-record seven
Recorded the most sacks (3.0) in a postseason game in Texans history, while tying for the fourth-most by any NFL player in a playoff contest, vs. Kansas City (1/9/16)

2016 (Houston 15/15, 2/2):
Tied for the league lead with four defensive fumble recoveries and led the team with 7.5 sacks
Tied for 14th in the NFL with 13 tackles for loss
Totaled four tackles (two solo), 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble in the season opener vs. Chicago (9/11)
His strip-sack of Bears QB Jay Cutler gave him him 2.0 sacks for the game and his third straight multiple-sack game (including postseason) dating back to Week 17 of the 2015 season, vs. Chicago (9/11)
Finished with three tackles (one solo), a quarterback hit and notched a fumble recovery after a strip-sack by OLB John Simon on Chiefs QB Alex Smith vs. Kansas City (9/18)
Matched a single-game season high with four tackles at New England (9/22) in Week 3
Finished second on the team and set a season high with seven tackles (five solo), one tackle for loss and one quarterback hit vs. Tennessee (10/2) in Week 4
Recorded three tackles, 1.5 sacks and set a single-game career-high with five quarterback hits at Minnesota (10/9) in Week 5
Split a sack with DE Antonio Smith on Vikings QB Sam Bradford in the first quarter and added a full sack one quarter later, also on third down, at Minnesota (10/9)
Notched six tackles (four solo), 1.0 sack and two tackles for loss vs. Indianapolis (10/16)
Tied a single-season career-high (two in 2015) with his second fumble recovery of the year and fifth of his career, at Jacksonville (11/13) in Week 10
Logged four tackles (all solo), including a season-high three for loss, and two quarterback hits vs. San Diego (11/27) in Week 12
Sacked Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, posted three tackles for loss and set a career high with his third fumble recovery of the season at Green Bay (12/4) in Week 13
Posted three solo tackles, four quarterback hits, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery at Indianapolis (12/11) in Week 14
Inactive for Week 15 vs. Jacksonville (12/18) with an inury
Matched his season high with 2.0 sacks of Bengals QB Andy Dalton, giving him his 10th career game with 2.0-or-more sacks, vs. Cincinnati (12/24) in Week 16
Tied for second on the team with seven tackles (five solo), and recorded three tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks vs. Oakland (1/7/17) in the AFC Wild Card round
Finished with four tackles, three quarterback hits, one pass defensed and 1.0 sack, giving him a franchise-best 6.0 for his postseason career, at New England (1/14/17) in the AFC Divisional round

2015 (Houston 16/10, 1/1):
Made four tackles (two solo) and one special teams tackle at Carolina (9/20)
Had two tackles (one solo), one tackle for loss, and one fumble recovery vs. TB (9/27)
Registered his first 2.0 sacks of the season at Jacksonville (10/18)
Brought down Jaguars QB Blake Bortles for a 7-yard loss in the second quarter and a 5-yard loss in the fourth quarter at Jacksonville (10/18)
Posted a career-high 3.5 sacks vs. Tennessee (11/1), which is tied for the second-most in a game in Texans history (Connor Barwin, 4.0 at JAX, 11/27/11, and Mario Williams, 3.5 vs. DEN, 12/13/07)
Tied for second on the team with seven tackles (six solo), while adding four tackles for loss and four quarterback hits vs. Tennessee (11/1)
Recorded his second multiple-sack game of the season and seventh of his career (11/1)
Sacked QB Zach Mettenberger for a loss of six yards in second quarter vs. TEN (11/1)
Sacked QB Zach Mettenberger for a 7-yard loss in the third quarter vs. Tennessee (11/1)
Sacked QB Zach Mettenberger for a 6-yard loss in the fourth quarter vs. TEN (11/1)
Split a 9-yard sack in the fourth quarter with DE J.J. Watt vs. Tennessee (11/1)
Recorded a tackle for loss in the first quarter when he brought down Titans RB Antonio Andrews for a 2-yard loss vs. Tennessee (11/1)
Finished with five tackles, including three for loss, and a sack at Cincinnati (11/16)
The three tackles for loss are the 2nd-most he’s recorded in a game in his career (11/16)
Has tallied seven tackles for loss in the last two games (Weeks 8 &10)
Registered four tackles (three solo) and one pass defensed at Buffalo (12/6), his second of the year and first since Week 1 against Kansas City (9/13)
Set a single-season career-high in sacks (7.5) after he brought down Patriots QB Tom Brady for a 9-yard loss in the fourth quarter vs. New England (12/13)
Finished the game with five tackles (three solo) and 1.0 sack vs. NE (12/13)
Sacked Colts QB Charlie Whitehurst in the fourth quarter at Indianapolis (12/20)
Tallied five tackles (three solo), 3.5 sacks, three quarterback hits, two tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery vs. Jacksonville (1/3/16)
Became the first player in franchise history and the fifth player in the NFL since 1982 to post two games with 3.5-or-more sacks in a season
Posted his third multiple-sack game of the season and eighth of his career
Passed Antonio Smith (27.0) for the third-most career sacks in Texans history
Eclipsed the 10.0-sack mark for the first time in his career
Brought down Jaguars QB Blake Bortles for a 6-yard loss in the first quarter (1/3/16)
Sacked Bortles for a loss of four yards in the second quarter vs. JAX (1/3/16)
Recorded a sack-forced fumble on Bortles in the third quarter vs. Jacksonville (1/3/16), his fourth strip-sack of his career and first of the season
Split a sack with OLB John Simon in the fourth quarter (1/3/16) for a loss of one yard
Finished the year with 50 tackles (32 solo), 12.0 sacks, 16 quarterback hits, 14 tackles for loss, two passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. His sack and tackles for loss totals set single-season career highs, while he tied his personal-best for total tackles
Tied Mario Williams (12.0 in 2008) for the fifth-most sacks in a season in franchise history
Named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for December
Recorded the most sacks (3.0) in a postseason game in Texans history, while tying for the fourth-most by any NFL player in a playoff contest vs. KC (1/9/16)
Finished with eight tackles (five solo), 3.0 sacks for a loss of 17 yards and four quarterback hits in Wild Card Game vs. Kansas City (1/9/16)
Notched his first career sack in the postseason when he brought down Chiefs QB Alex Smith for a 3-yard loss in the first quarter vs. Kansas City (1/9/16). Became the fourth player in franchise history to record a sack in the playoffs
Sacked Smith for a 4-yard loss in the second quarter of Wild Card Game and became the third player in Texans history with 2.0-or-more sacks in a postseason game
Brought down Smith for a 10-yard loss in the fourth quarter for his third sack of the day

2014 (Houston 15/13):
Started 13 of 15 games and registered 50 tackles, 5.0 sacks, 11 quarterback hits, nine tackles for loss and two forced fumbles
Started and recorded a tackle at Oakland (9/14) in Week 2
Made five tackles against the New York Giants (9/21) in Week 3
Recorded two quarterback hits and made two tackles vs. Buffalo (9/28) in Week 4
Made five tackles and added a tackle for loss and a quarterback hit at Dallas (10/5) in week 5
Recorded six tackles, two tackles for loss and a quarterback hit vs. Indianapolis (10/9) in Week 6
Recorded the fourth multi-sack game of his career at Pittsburgh (10/20). Strip-sacked Ben Roethlisberger in the first quarter and finished the game with five tackles, two tackles for loss, one quarterback hit and one pass defensed. Moved into a tie for fifth on the franchise’s all-time sack list, matching Kailee Wong’s (2002-06) 15 career sacks
Had a multi-sack game for the fifth time in his career and second time this season vs. Philadelphia (11/2) in Week 9. Tied for the team lead with a career-high nine tackles. Set a season high with three quarterback hits and tied a season high with two tackles for loss and now has a career best seven tackles for loss on the season
Made five tackles vs. Cincinnati (11/23) in Week 12
Had three tackles and a tackle for loss vs. Tennessee (11/30) in Week 13
Inactive in Week 15
Had three tackles and forced his second fumble of the season vs. Baltimore (12/21) in Week 16
Sacked Blake Bortles for 3 yards vs. Jacksonville (12/28) in Week 17. Finished with three tackles and added a tackle for loss and a quarterback hit

2013 (Houston 16/16):
Started all 16 games at weakside linebacker and recorded career-bests of 65 tackles, 7.0 sacks and 18 quarterback hits while tying a career-high with 6 tackles for loss
Recorded seven tackles (five solo) and a sack for a loss of 6 yards at San Diego (9/9)
Recorded career highs in tackles (eight, four solo) and sacks (2.5) vs. Seattle (9/29)
Recorded six tackles (three solo) and a sack at San Francisco (10/6)
Added another sack to go along with four solo tackles vs. Jacksonville (11/24)
Tied his career-high of 6.0 sacks in a season with a half-sack vs. New England (12/1)
Set a career high with his seventh sack of the season vs. Denver (12/22)

2012 (Houston 16/4, 2/0):
Tied the Texans rookie record for sacks in a season with 6.0
Made his Texans and NFL debut at OLB in the season opener vs. Miami (9/9)
Had a special teams tackle at Jacksonville (9/16) and at the New York Jets (10/8)
Made two special teams tackles at Denver (9/23)
Had one tackle vs. Green Bay (10/14)
Registered his first career sack and forced a fumble when he dropped Joe Flacco for a 2-yard loss in the first quarter vs. Baltimore (10/21)
Recorded two sacks and collected his second career forced fumble vs. Buffalo (11/4)
Made two tackles (one solo) at Chicago (11/11)
Collected a season-high four tackles at Detroit (11/22)
Sacked Jake Locker twice for a total loss of 6 yards and recovered a fumble at Tennessee (12/2)
Sacked Tom Brady for a 7-yard loss in the third quarter at New England (12/10) to give him 6.0 sacks on the season, tying the franchise rookie sack record set by OLB Brooks Reed in 2011.
Recorded four tackles (one solo) vs. Indianapolis (12/16)
Made one tackle at Indianapolis (12/30)
Made his postseason debut in the AFC Wild Card Playoff vs. Cincinnati (1/5/13)
Made one tackle and one special teams tackle in AFC Divisional Playoff at New England (1/13/13)

COLLEGE:
Started 15 of 37 games at Illinois, recording 81 tackles (42 solo) with 18.0 sacks (119 yards), 28 tackles for loss (150 yards), 11 forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries
Tied for eighth in NCAA FBS history with 11 forced fumbles, which also ranks fifth all-time in the Big Ten Conference and is second on the Illini all-time list (13 by Simeon Rice from 1992-95)
Set a school and Big Ten single-season record with nine forced fumbles in 2011
Third on the Illinois single-season tackle for loss chart with 22.5 in 2011
Earned 2011 All-America and All-Big Ten Conference first-team honors from The NFL Draft Report as the scouting service named him the league’s Player of the Year and National Defensive Lineman of the Year
Mid-season All-America from Phil Steele’s College Football and was selected National Defensive Lineman of the Week for his performance vs. Indiana (3.0 sacks) his senior season
Led the nation in sacks per game (1.23) and fumbles forced per game (0.833) as a senior
Recorded a career-high 57 tackles (28 solo) with 16.0 sacks (105 yards) to tie the school season-record that was first set by Simeon Rice in 1994
Played in all 13 games, starting two games at weak-side defensive end his junior season
Recorded 16 tackles (eight solo) with a 7-yard sack and three tackles for loss in 2010
Recorded eight tackles (four solo), two assisted sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss in 2009
Redshirted as a freshman

PERSONAL:  
Attended Garfield High School, played defensive end and tight end and earned Northeast Ohio Inland All-Star team, Cleveland Plain-Dealer Defensive All-Star team and All-District honors after leading the Rams to a 7-3 record in 2007
A Prep Star All-Region and All-Akron City League choice, he recorded 36 solo tackles with a pair of sacks, six stops behind the line of scrimmage and four fumble recoveries, advancing one 36 yards for a score that year

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