Mikel Leshoure at the 2012 Detroit Lions training camp
|No. -- — Free agent|
|Date of birth:||March 30, 1990|
|Place of birth:||Streator, Illinois|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||233 lb (106 kg)|
|High school:||Champaign (IL) Centennial|
|NFL draft:||2011 – 2nd round – 57th pick|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Mikel Leshoure (born March 30, 1990) is an American football running back who is currently a free agent of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Lions in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at Illinois.
Leshoure attended Centennial High School in Champaign, Illinois. During his career he rushed for 4,652 yards on 681 carries and scored 52 rushing touchdowns.
As a freshman at the University of Illinois, Leshoure played sparingly collecting 126 yards on 35 carries. Leshoure first received a significant amount of playing time as a sophomore, playing in 12 games and running for 734 yards on only 108 carries. During the 2010 season, Leshoure rushed for 1697 yards on 281 carries (126.1 yards per game, which was eighth best in the nation) with 17 touchdowns, playing in all 13 games. and capping off the season by scoring three touchdowns in the Illini's 38-14 victory over Baylor in the 2010 Texas Bowl. He also is the Illinois single game rushing record holder by rushing for 303 yards against Northwestern.
Leshoure was taken with the 57th overall pick in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. On August 8, 2011, Leshoure tore his Achilles tendon in practice after a collision with Cliff Avril, and missed his entire rookie season.
After being suspended for the first two games of the 2012 season and missing his entire rookie season, Leshoure made his NFL debut in week 3 against the Tennessee Titans. Leshoure had 26 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown, but the Lions lost 44-41 in overtime.
On August 30, 2014, Leshoure was released by the Lions as a 53 man roster cut.