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Posted Oct. 6, 2010

Mikel Leshoure vs. Ohio State

Mikel Leshoure

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.


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