Is Mikel LeShoure This Year’s Ryan Mathews?


Illinois running back Mikel LeShoure may have raised his NFL Draft stock more than any player in college football this season. Entering the year, the junior remained under the radar, coming off a modest sophomore campaign in which he rushed for 734 yards. This season, LeShoure has piled up 1,371 yards and 16 total touchdowns, including seven 100-yard rushing games. His descent up nfl draft boards is similar to Ryan Mathews of Fresno State from a year ago.

Suddenly, LeShoure is near the top of everyone’s list as one of the premier running back prospects in the nation, making his decision to return to Illinois or declare for the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft a hot topic of conversation on campus.

“The coaches told me it’s a definitely a decision to make, but right now the only thing to think about is finishing the

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