Posts tagged "illini running backs"

Donovonn Young Continues Illini RB #5 Tradition

Donovonn Young Continues Illini RB #5 Tradition
Given the recent tradition/memories of the last two players to wear the famed #5 in Champaign: Mikel Leshoure (a Detroit Lions rookie who will miss the season with an injury) and the Pittsburgh Steelers Rashard Mendenhall (who’s developed into a Pro Bowl, 1,000 yard rusher style NFL back) it’s easy to see why the jersey... Read more »

Troy Pollard, Jay Prosch Shore Up Illini Running Back Situation

Troy Pollard, Jay Prosch Shore Up Illini Running Back Situation
    While Illinois’ rushing offense has remained dominant, the Illini are doing it by committee this year rather then relaying on one dominant runner like they did in 2007 (Rashard Mendenhall) and 2010 (Mikel Leshoure). Four different Illini have over 200 rushing yards on the season, and all four have scored at least one... Read more »

Steelers Mendenhall: Best Illini Rusher Since Red Grange?

For the second year in a row, the Super Bowl will have a feature back from the University of Illinois. This time, the Illini tailback is the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Rashard Mendenhall;  who in 2008 became the first University of Illinois player taken in the first round of the NFL Draft since 1996. 14 years ago,... Read more »
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