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Leshoure Looking To Put Everything Together

Mikel Leshoure (Jack Lyman)

With a new offense and an untested quarterback, the Fighting Illini will need a strong running game this fall. All indications are they can be effective on the ground if key players stay healthy and dedicate themselves to the needs of the team. Running back Mikel Leshoure has overcome personal issues and gotten into top shape. He needs to have a good year.

New Illinois offensive coordinator Paul Petrino runs a sophisticated passing offense, but it can work properly only with a strong running game. The Illini have five backs capable of helping the offense, but there is no doubt Mikel Leshoure has the potential to be the top runner at the position. Last season, Leshoure gained 734 net yards and scored five touchdowns. He averaged a tremendous 6.... Recommended Stories

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