Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 01/12/11: #2 Junior RB Projected: Round(s) 1 for 2012 NFL Draft 2010: Leshoure was a second team All-American by the Associated press and a first-team All-Big Ten selection during his junior season at Illinois after breaking the single-season school record with 1,697 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. He helped lead the Fighting Illini to their first bowl victory since 1999, a 38-14 win over Baylor in the 2010 Texas Bowl. Leshoure rushed for a Texas Bowl-record 187 yards and three touchdowns and was named Texas Bowl MVP...set a school record for points in a season (122) as well as touchdowns in a season (20). His 330 rushing yards against Northwestern on Nov. 20 at Wrigley Field broke the Illinois single-game rushing record and was the highest total in the NCAA during the 2010 season. Leshoure finished his career tied for sixth on the Illinois career-rushing list with 2,557 yards, just ahead of former Illini greats and current NFL running backs Pierre Thomas (2,545 yards) and Rashard Mendenhall (2,539 yards) and tied with former quarterback Juice Williams. He also is tied for fourth on the UI career touchdowns list with 28...2009: Earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors ... Ranked sixth in the Big Ten and 71st in the NCAA in rushing with 66.7 yards per game ... Played in 11 games, starting three ... Named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for his career performance against Fresno State, rushing for 184 yards on 11 carries, 16.7 yards per carry, in the season finale ... Played in nine games and started one at tailback as a true-freshman ... Missed final three games of the season with an injury ... Rushed five times for 11 yards against Iowa, also catching a career-high three passes for 31 yards ... Had the first rushing touchdown of his career at Michigan.
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05/30/13 - RB Mikel Leshoure has yet to participate in any of the Detroit Lions' Organized Team Activities (OTAs) while he deals with a hamstring problem.
Meanwhile, Reggie Bush, Joique Bell, Theo Riddick and Steven Miller have been getting a lot of work in the place of the team's featured ballcarrier.
"He's been set back," coach Jim Schwartz said. "But it's nothing that will hold him back long-term. This time of year you are careful not to push anybody back too quickly."
Missing reps is the last thing Leshoure needs after missing his rookie season with Achilles surgery and enduring an inconsistent season last year.
"We've seen a lot of different cases where guys come back from a major injury, like an ACL or something, and then have hamstring or ankle issues. It is possible that could be the case," Schwartz said. "He had times last year when he played well, but he wasn't consistent over the course of the season. Whether that was because of the injury or the fact that it was essentially his rookie year, but he has to be consistent from week to week. That's the thing that is on his plate right now."
05/22/13 - Mikel Leshoure was held out of drills Wednesday. "He's battling some stuff," head coach Jim Schwartz said. "He can do some individual stuff but he's not ready to do any team work."
01/09/13 - RB Mikel Leshoure, in his first full season in the NFL after Achilles surgery in 2011, produced 798 yards with nine touchdowns. His four lost fumbles (he didn't fumble once at Illinois) was an issue. By the end of the season he was showing more quickness to the hole and more elusiveness. It gives hope that there's still another gear or two he can get to.
12/19/12 - RB Mikel Leshoure has been limited by a sore calf, although he is expected to play.
12/13/12 - RB Mikel Leshoure was shaken by the news of the death of Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown and teammate Josh Brent's involvement in the fatal accident. He was teammates with both at Illinois. Leshoure told the Free Press he wasn't close with either player, but knew them well.
"It was tough, man," Leshoure said. "It was definitely sad, but things happen. You've just got to be smarter, be careful and don't drink and drive, obviously. But yeah, it was tough."