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Mikel Leshoure
RB #25
Height:
6-0
Weight:
242
Age:
24
College:
Illinois
Experience:
4
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesRushingReceivingFumbles
GGSAttYdsAvgLngTDRecYdsAvgLongTDFUMLost
TOTAL 217 807 3.7 16 9 34 214 6.3 15 0 3 3
2013 DET 3 0 2 9 4.5 5 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 DET 14 14 215 798 3.7 16 9 34 214 6.3 15 0 3 3

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Biography

Fourth-year back who has established himself as a bruising runner in the Lions’ backfield after rupturing his Achilles tendon as a rookie.

MANE FACTS

  • Pronunciation: MY-kel LE-shore

TRANSACTIONS

  • Placed on Reserve/Injured list (Achilles) on August 13, 2011.
  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round (57th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.

PRO
Fourth-year back who has established himself as a bruising runner in the Lions’ backfield after rupturing his Achilles tendon as a rookie.

  • With a one-yard touchdown run in Week 16 vs. Atlanta (12/22) in 2012, Leshoure tallied his ninth rushing touchdown on the season, the most by a Lions rusher since RB James Stewart had 10 in 2000.
  • The Lions racked up 17 rushing touchdowns on the season in 2012, the most the team has registered since they had 15 in 2000.
  • With his three touchdowns against Jacksonville (11/4/12), Leshoure became the 10th player in Lions history with three rushing touchdowns in a game and it is the 16th time it has occurred in team history.
  • He also became the first player in Lions history to rush for three touchdowns in the first half of a game.
  • Leshoure’s 100-yard game at Tennessee (9/23/12) was the first by a Lions rusher in their first NFL game since RB Billy Sims registered 153 yards at the Los Angeles Rams on September 7, 1980.
  • Leshoure’s 26 rushing attempts at Tennessee (9/23/12) are the most by a Lions rusher in their first NFL game ever. He broke the previous mark of 22 by Sims (at LaRm 9/7/80).
  • Leshoure is only the third non-rookie to record 26+ rushing attempts in an NFL debut and the first to do so since 1987. The previous two times were accomplished by Cleveland RB Larry Mason (32) and Washington RB Lionel Vital (27) on October 4, 1987 during the strike games. He is the only non-rookie to accomplish this feat in non-strike games.
  • Suffered ruptured Achilles tendon in training camp and missed his entire rookie season.

2013: Played in three games in 2013, totaling two carries for nine yards and seeing action on special teams.

  • Inactive in Week 1 vs. Minnesota (9/8) and Week 2 at Arizona (9/15).
  • Did not play in Week 3 at Washington (9/22).
  • Inactive in Week 4 vs. Chicago (9/29) and Week 5 at Green Bay (10/6).
  • Had two carries for nine yards in his first action of the season in Week 6 at Cleveland (10/13).
  • In Week 6 at Cleveland (10/13), totaled nine yards on two rushing attempts.
  • Saw action on special teams in Week 7 vs. Cincinnati (10/20).
  • Inactive in Week 8 vs. Dallas (10/27) and Week 10 at Chicago (11/10).
  • Saw action on special teams in Week 11 at Pittsburgh (11/17).
  • Inactive in Week 12 vs. Tampa Bay (11/24) and Week 13 vs. Green Bay (11/28).
  • Inactive in Week 14 at Philadelphia (12/8) and Week 15 vs. Baltimore (12/16) and Week 16 vs. New York Giants (12/22).
  • Did not play in Week 17 at Minnesota (12/29).

2012: Coming off of an injured Achilles that prevented him from playing in his rookie year, Leshoure became a force near the goal line and was a feature back in the Lions offense in his sophomore season. Opened his career with 100 yards and a touchdown at Tennessee (9/23) as a start to his proficiency near the goal line. Totaled 798 yards on 215 rushes (3.7 avg) and nine touchdown runs, including three in the first half alone at Jacksonville (11/4). Also caught 34 passes for 214 yards (6.3 avg) out of the backfield.

  • Made his NFL debut at Tennessee (9/23) and registered 26 rushing attempts for 100 yards and 1 TD. He also caught four passes for 34 yards. Leshoure’s 100-yard game was the first by a Lions rusher in their first NFL game since RB Billy Sims registered 153 yards at the Los Angeles Rams September 7, 1980.
  • Tied his career-long with a 14-yard run in Week 6 at Philadelphia (10/14), finishing the day with 70 yards on 15 carries in the Lions’ 26-23 overtime win over the Eagles. Also had three receptions for 24 yards.
  • Ran the ball 12 times for 63 yards, including a career-long rush of 15 yards in the Lions’ 13-7 loss at Chicago in Week 7 (10/22). Averaged 5.3 yards per carry against a Bears defense that came into the game only allowing 65.8 rushing yards per game.
  • Rushed his way into Lions history in Week 9 at Jacksonville (11/4) as he carried the ball 16 times for 70 yards and three touchdowns in Detroit’s 31-14 win over the Jaguars. He became the first player in Lions history to rush for three touchdowns in the first half of a game.
  • With his three touchdowns against Jacksonville, Leshoure became the 10th player in Lions history with three rushing touchdowns in a game and it is the 16th time it has occurred in team history.
  • Rushed for 46 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown in Week 16 vs. Atlanta (12/22) giving him nine rushing touchdowns on the season, the most by a Lions player since RB James Stewart recorded 10 in 2000.
  • Finished the 2012 season with a 57-yard performance on 15 carries in Week 17 vs. Chicago (12/30).

COLLEGE
Started 17-of-33 games at Illinois, carrying the ball 424 times for 2, 557 yards (6.03 yards per carry) and 23 touchdowns. Added 37 receptions for 439 yards (11.86 yards per catch) and 5 touchdowns to his career total. His 2,557 rushing yards tie Juice Williams (2006-09) for sixth place on the school career-record list, while his 23 touchdown runs tie the legendary Red Grange (1923-25) and Ty Douthard (1993-96) for seventh on the school career-record chart. In 2010, his 1,697 yards on the ground broke the previous Illini season-record of 1,681 yards by Rashard Mendenhall (2007), and his 281 rushing attempts are the second-highest season total by an Illinois player, surpassed by only Robert Holcombe (297 in 1997).

  • Gained 330 yards rushing vs. Northwestern in 2010, topping the old school game-record of 315 by Robert Holcombe vs. Minnesota in 1996. They are the only Illini ball carriers to gain 300 yards rushing in a contest.
  • Ran for 100 yards in 12 contests, tying Jim Grabowski (1963-65) for second in school annals behind Robert Holcombe’s 16 (1994-97).
  • Generated 1,893 all-purpose yards in 2010, joining Mendenhall (1,999 in 2007) and Keith Jones (1,818 in 1988) as the only Illini players to gain over 1,800 all-purpose yards in a campaign.
  • Had a career-best vs. Northwestern his senior year, the most by a Big Ten player in a game since Ron Dayne of Wisconsin amassed 341 yards vs. Hawaii in 1996. His 341 all-purpose yards rank second on the school game-record chart behind Grange’s 402 vs. Michigan in 1924.

2010: Started in all 13 games played, rushing for 1,697 yards on 281 carries for 17 touchdowns. His 281 carries rank second-best season total in Illini annals while his 17 scores tied the Illini annual record that Mendenhall first set in 2007. Ranked second in the league and fifth in the nation with an average of 130.54 yards per game rushing. Also added 17 receptions for 196 yards and 3 touchdowns. His 20 total touchdowns and 122 points scored established a pair of school season records. Finished 20th nationally and second in the conference with an average of 145.62 alll-purpose yards per game. All-American second-team selection by the NFL Draft Report and the Associated Press, earning third-team recognition from Rivals.com and honorable mention from Sports Illustrated.

  • Ran for over 100 yards nine times, surpassing Mendenhall’s record of eight in 2007.
  • Was a consensus All-Big-Ten Conference first-team pick, adding Big Ten Player of the Week honors three times and Walter Camp Football Foundation National Player of the Week accolades vs. Northwestern.
  • Broke the Illini annual mark with nine 100-yard rushing performances.
  • Generated 84 first-down carries, converting 14-of-26 third-down snaps and all seven of his fourth-down tries.
  • On 264 non-touchdowns runs, it took more than one defender to take him down 93 times (25.23%).
  • Gained at least 10 yards on 43 carries, including 16 for 20 yards or longer.
  • Had crucial rushing attempts that led to 29 Illini touchdowns and on twelve other possessions that resulted in field goals.
  • Carried for positive yardage 43 times inside the red zone, including 18 times on goal-line plays.

2009: Started in 3 of 11 games played, rushing for 734 yards on 108 carries for 5 touchdowns, and placed fifth on the team with 14 receptions for 177 yards and 2 scores. His 108 carries placed first on the team. All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention.

  • Recorded 3 solo tackles, 1 vs. Missouri and 2 at Ohio State.
  • His average of 66.73 yards per game rushing ranked sixth in the Big Ten and 77th nationally.

2008: Played in nine games and started in one contest at tailback vs. Indiana as a true-freshman. Ranked fourth on the team with 126 yards on 35 carries (3.6 yards per carry) that included 1 touchdown. Add 66 yards on 6 receptions (11.0 yards per catch).

PERSONAL
Attended Centennial High School (Champaign, Ill), playing football for Head Coach Mike McDonnell. Received a three-star prospect rating from both Rivals.com and Scout.com after his senior season. Rated the tenth-best overall prospect in the state and the nation’s 28th-best running back by Rivals.

  • Named First Team All-State by the Champaign News-Gazette, earning special mention All-State honors by the Chicago Tribune in 2007.
  • The Prep Star All-American was also a member of Scouts.com’s Midwest Hot 100 squad.
  • During his sophomore season, he rushed for over 1,400 yards.
  • As a junior, he received All-Area, All-Conference and All-State First Team honors and accumulated 2,474 yards, averaging 6.4 yards per carry, scoring 29 touchdowns on the ground and picking up 192 yards and 3 more scores receiving in only 10 games.
  • Closed out his Chargers career with 4,652 yards on 681 carries for an average of 6.8 yards, as he scored 52 rushing touchdowns.
  • Son of Jacqueline Frazier-Jones and resides in Champaign, Illinois.

LESHOURE’S SINGLE-GAME BESTS

  • Rushing Attempts: 26 at Ten 9/23/2012
  • Rushing Yards: 100 at Ten 9/23/2012
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 3 at Jac 11/4/12
  • Long Rush: 16 vs. Sea 10/28/12
  • Receptions: 4 at Ten 9/23/2012
  • Receiving Yards: 34 at Ten 9/23/2012
  • Longest Reception: 13 at Ten 9/23/2012

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