Six University of Illinois football players earned recognition on Phil Steele’s Midseason All-America team. Junior DE Whitney Mercilus was named to the first team, while senior WR A.J. Jenkins was on the second team, senior OT Jeff Allen was on the third team, and senior DB Tavon Wilson was given fourth-team honors. Sophomore QB Nathan Scheelhaase and junior C Graham Pocic were honorable mention All-America selection.
To add to the fun, 11 Illini were named to Steele’s Midseason All-Big Ten Teams, including four first team selections. Allen, Jenkins, Mercilus, Wilson and bandit Michael Buchanan earned first-team honors, while linebacker Jonathan Brown, DB Terry Hawthorne, Scheelhaase, DT Akeem Spence and LB Ian Thomas were named to the second team. Center Graham Pocic earned third-team honors.
Illini on Steele’s Midseason All-America Teams:
First Team: DE Whitney Mercilus
Second Team: WR A.J. Jenkins
Third Team: OL Jeff Allen
Fourth Team: DB Tavon Wilson
Honorable Mention: QB Nathan Scheelhaase, C Graham Pocic
Illini on Steele’s Midseason All-Big Ten Teams:
First Team: OL Jeff Allen, BAN Michael Buchanan, WR A.J. Jenkins, DE Whitney Mercilus, DB Tavon Wilson
Second Team: LB Jonathan Brown, DB Terry Hawthorne, QB Nathan Scheelhaase, DT Akeem Spence, LB Ian Thomas
Third Team: C Graham Pocic