Illini junior running back Mikel Leshoure held a new conference at his alma mater, Champaign Centennial high school, where he announced his entrance into the NFL Draft. And with the choice to hold a presser on this decision at his high school, he has has yet another trait in common with Pittsburgh Steelers tailback Rashard Mendenhall. Expect to hear even more Mendenhall … [Read more...] about Illini RB Mikel Leshoure Entering NFL Draft
Illinois Fighting Illini running back Mikel Leshoure is to this week's national player of the week college football awards what Ohio State's Evan Turner was to last year's college basketball player of the year awards. Leshoure was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, Walter Camp Foundation National Player of the Week, Rivals.com National Player of the Week and College … [Read more...] about Illini RB Mike Leshoure Sweeps National Player of the Week Awards
MIKEL LESHOURE...YOU ARE RIDICULOUS!!! With many apologies to Jeff Joniak of the Chicago Bears Radio Network, on Saturday, November 20th, 2010, at Wrigley Field, Mikel Leshoure truly was ridiculous. With the entire Illinois offense on his shoulders, Leshoure rushed for an Illinois-school-single-game-record 330 yards on 33 carries, and in the process also set a single-game … [Read more...] about Mikel Leshoure Breaks Illinois Rushing Record at Wrigley Field
The Illini could very well run the table the rest of the way. Even if they don't, already at 5-3, (3-2 in Big Ten) they have greatly improved upon last year's 3-9 mark and will likely make their way into a pretty decent bowl. This season has been a pleasant surprise to say the least. Among the talent on the Illini roster is a trio of juniors with NFL level measurables and … [Read more...] about Illini Mikel LeShoure: the Next Rashard Mendenhall?
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. … [Read more...] about lllinois vs. Northern Illinois: the Brutally Honest Game Preview