Illinois' Whitney Mercilus was named a finalist for the Hendricks Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive end. Mercilus is one of six finalists for the award, which debuted in 2002, with the winner being announced on December 7. Former Michigan standout Lamarr Woodley is the only Big Ten player to win the award, claiming the honor in 2006.
Illinois' Mercilus Named Hendricks Award Finalist
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