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Lions Host Illinois Running Back Mikel Leshoure

A day after hosting Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray, the Detroit Lions have brought University of Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure to town for a private visit. During his three-year career, Leshoure ran for 2,557 yards and 23 touchdowns, adding 37 receptions for 439 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Leshoure (6-0, 227) ran for 1,697 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2010, his first season as the full-time starter. Leshoure earned first-team All-Big Ten honors and was a second-team All-American by The Associated Press. In January, Leshoure announced he was forgoing his senior season to enter the 2011 NFL Draft.

“Overall, I felt like I exceeded my expectations for the season as far as my stats and also my team goals,” Leshoure said at the Combine of his decision to leave school early. “One of my goals was to make it to a bowl game and win. I feel like I did that and I was blessed to get MVP of the game. “And as a running back, the time’s running. You’ve got to go when the iron’s hot and I felt like this was the best time for me.”

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