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Rashard Mendenhall: Chicago Product to Star in Super Bowl

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall was “kind of a big deal” coming out of Niles West high school. As a five-star prospect, he was rated the No. 1 recruit in the state of Illinois by He committed to Ron Turner and the Illini where re-wrote the Illinois single season rushing record book. Taken... Read more »

Mikel Leshoure to Announce NFL Draft Decision Tue 10 AM

Illini junior running back Mikel Leshoure will hold a news conference tomorrow at his alma mater, Champaign Centennial high school, to announce whether he will stay in his hometown to play Big Ten football for another season, or if he will instead enter the NFL Draft. We’ll know for sure by about 10 a.m.CT Tuesday... Read more »

Illini Mikel Leshoure will get Many More Rashard Mendenhall Comparisons Now

Given that they are/were both Illinois Fighting Illini, wore the same jersey number, played the same position, and didn’t break out until their junior year (and when they broke out, they really did it in style) it’s inevitable to compare current Illini tailback Mikel Leshoure to current Pittsbrugh Steelers star running back Rashard Mendenhall. Heck,... Read more »

Illinois, Baylor and Mikel Leshoure Break Numerous Houston Bowl Records

Last night’s college football match-up won38-14 by the Illinois Fighting Illini over Baylor broke a bunch of Texas Bowl, bowl history in the city of Houston, as well as Illinois and Baylor records. Seriously, there were a ton, but here are some of the most notable. -The Illini tied the Texas Bowl record for most... Read more »

Illini RB Mikel Leshoure named 2nd team All-American

Illini junior running back Mikel Leshoure was named to the Associated Press All-America second team and redshirt-freshman defensive tackle Akeem Spence earned first-team Freshman All-America honors by Tuesday. It is the third such honor for Leshoure, along with a third-team selection by and an honorable mention laurel by Sports Illustrated, and Spence’s first... Read more »

Illini Mikel Leshoure Takes Home National Player of Week Awards

Illinois Fighting Illini running back Mikel Leshoure is to this week’s national player of the week college football awards what Ohio State’s Evan Turner was to last year’s college basketball player of the year awards. Leshoure was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, Walter Camp Foundation National Player of the Week, National... Read more »

Illini have another Rashard Mendenhall in Mikel LeShoure?

The Illini could very well run the table the rest of the way. Even if they don’t, already at 5-3, (3-2 in Big Ten) they have greatly improved upon last year’s 3-9 mark and will likely make their way into a pretty decent bowl. This season has been a pleasant surprise to say the least.... Read more »