Posted by Tom Fornelli
On Monday Illinois lost one of its best players on defense to the NFL draft in Martez Wilson, and on Tuesday the Illini lost their biggest weapon on offense as well. Though it didn't come as much of a shock, Illinois can't be all that excited to hear that running back Mikel LeShoure will forego his senior season in Champaign and enter the NFL draft.
"I know it wasn't an easy choice," LeShoure's mother, Jazz Jones told the Champaign News-Gazette. "He did his homework as far as weighing his options. He looked at the pros and cons of leaving and the pros and cons of staying."
"[Ron Zook] said Mikel has proven to him that he is capable of anything. He wished Mikel well. He spoke very highly of the maturity Mikel has shown. He said he's going to do whatever he can to help my son. I appreciate what he has done for my son."
Unfortunately for Ron Zook, he'll not only have to replace LeShoure's production next season, but he can't even attend the press conference LeShoure will be announcing his decision at. It's being held in his former high school, and since it's the recruiting dead period, no coaches are allowed in any high schools right now. Not even for a press conference.
LeShoure is coming off the most prolific season in Illinois history as a running back, rushing for 1,697 yards and 17 touchdowns, including a 330 yard performance against Northwestern at Wrigley Field. He was also on the end of three receiving touchdowns.