Illini's Leshoure plans announcement on future - KMOV.com

Illini's Leshoure plans announcement on future

Posted: Updated:
Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure holds up the MVP trophy after the Texas Bowl NCAA college football game against Baylor, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, in Houston. Illinois beat Baylor 38-14. (AP Photo/Dave Einsel) By Dave Einsel Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure holds up the MVP trophy after the Texas Bowl NCAA college football game against Baylor, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, in Houston. Illinois beat Baylor 38-14. (AP Photo/Dave Einsel) By Dave Einsel
Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure (5) runs against Southern Illinois safety Mike McElroy, left, during the first half of the NCAA college football game in Champaign, Ill., Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) By Seth Perlman Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure (5) runs against Southern Illinois safety Mike McElroy, left, during the first half of the NCAA college football game in Champaign, Ill., Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) By Seth Perlman
Northwestern's Justan Vaughn, right, tackles Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) By Nam Y. Huh Northwestern's Justan Vaughn, right, tackles Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) By Nam Y. Huh

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure says he will hold a news conference to announce whether he'll skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.
  
The Champaign native didn't say what his decision will be. The news conference will be held Tuesday at Centennial High School, which Leshoure attended.
  
Leshoure is considered a possible first-round pick. But the possibility of a labor disruption of the 2011 NFL season has raised questions about whether he and others could wait to turn pro.
  
Leshoure had 1,697 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns in 2010. He broke Rashard Mendenhall's Illinois single-season record for rushing yards.
  
Mendenhall was the last Illini back to leave school early, passing up his senior season and getting drafted in 2008's first round by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)
 

Powered by Frankly