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Posted Oct. 6, 2010
Mikel Leshoure vs. Ohio State
1st - 0:52 - Nice elusiveness and juke
to make safety miss in backfield
3rd - 2:45 - Shows ability to plant and explode
4th - 8:27 - Nice traffic run ... found
a narrow running lane and maximized
carry ... good job slipping in gap
and solid vision
4th - 7:26 - stretch run ... hurdles to avoid defender on
ground ... very nice ball security and holds
tightly to vest ... solid speed in cutting up field ...
nice power and seems to enjoy contact at end of run -
lowered shoulder into safety
4th - 5:54 - Legs seemed to go dead on
contact of arm tackle here ... unimpressive
run - yards left on field
Summary: This was a difficult game to evaluate. First,
Illinois runs a horizonal zone-read scheme
and it's nothing like Leshoure will play
with in the NFL as it's more of a downhill
style. Secondly, he was often running
into a wall of Ohio State defenders
and his OL didn't give him much of a chance.
Leshoure was a little inconsistent in this game;
at times I wanted to see more competitiveness, but
I'm keeping an open mind and I want to see more tape
because he really had limited opportunities vs. OSU.