lllinois vs. Northern Illinois: the Brutally Honest Game Preview


There’s an old adage in football that the biggest improvement a team makes is from the first week to the second. Your 2010 Illinois Fighting Illini are a true testament to this, especially starting quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase. He grew up a ton last week. But they have two other playmakers on both sides of the ball:

Linebacker Ian Thomas and running back Mikel LeShoure. Both are rather overlooked because Illinois is well, kind of a….”basketball school.” But Thomas can be effective both inside and out, and LeShoure has topped the 100-yard mark in both games this season, going for 112 yards on 20 carries in the opener against Missouri and 15-115 yards on 15 carries last week against SIU.

Dating back to last season, Leshoure has topped 100 yards in three straight games and in five of his last eight. During that span, Leshoure has 798 yards on 114 carries (7.0 ypc).

By Paul M. Banks

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