Mikel Leshoure

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Mikel Leshoure
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Mikel Leshoure at the 2012 Detroit Lions training camp
Free agent
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-03-30) March 30, 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth: Streator, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 233 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school: Champaign (IL) Centennial
College: Illinois
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 57
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
CFL status: International
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards: 807
Rushing average: 3.7
Rushing touchdowns: 9
Receptions: 34
Receiving yards: 214
Player stats at NFL.com

Mikel Leshoure (born March 30, 1990) is an American football running back who is a free agent. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at Illinois.

Early years[edit]

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.

College career[edit]

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.[1] 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 330 yards against Northwestern.


Year Team Att Yards Average TDs Receptions Yards TDs
2008 Illinois 35 126 3.6 1 6 66 0
2009 Illinois 108 734 6.8 5 14 177 2
2010 Illinois 281 1,697 6.0 17 17 196 3
College Totals 424 2,557 6.0 23 37 439 5

Professional career[edit]

Detroit Lions[edit]

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.[2]

BC Lions[edit]

Leshoure signed with the BC Lions on February 5, 2016.[3] He was released by the team on May 5, 2016.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mikel Leshoure on ESPN.com
  2. ^ Dye, Dave. "Durham, Leshoure among Lions' final cuts". Fox Sports Detroit. Fox Sports. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Beamish, Mike (February 5, 2016). "Lions sign former NFL RB Leshoure". tsn.ca. Archived from the original on February 8, 2016. Retrieved February 7, 2016. 
  4. ^ "BC LIONS TRANSACTIONS". bclions.com. Archived from the original on June 17, 2016. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 

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