Associated Press Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus led the nation in sacks after losing part of his left index finger. By Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel March 27, 2012 http://www.jsonline.com/sports/packers/work-ethic-fuels-defensive-end-mp4oq5l-144480865.html Green Bay - Whitney Mercilus didn't think. He acted on impulse. Last summer, he noticed Illinois teammate DeJazz Woods squatting 405 pounds across the weight room. Woods crouched down and couldn't get up. Woods had a spotter but needed more help. Mercilus sprinted over and threw his hand into the fray. "To catch something," he said.