Zook, teammates feel Leshoure's pain

Supo Sanni knows what Mikel Leshoure is going through. Exactly.

A year ago, the Illinois safety suffered a torn Achilles' tendon during practice, costing him the 2010 season. On Monday, former Illini Leshoure suffered the same injury during a Detroit Lions practice.

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Sanni said he is confident Leshoure will be able to bounce back from the injury, which requires a recovery time of up to a year.

"Mikel's a tough guy," Sanni said. "He can probably pull it off in seven months. I just wish him the best. The rehab, you've just got to stick with it."

Sanni's Achilles' story has a happy ending. He is back with the Illini and is a projected starter.

"It feels great now," Sanni said. "I'm just happy to be back on the field."

Shortly after hearing about the injury, Illinois coach Ron Zook sent a text message to Leshoure, who quickly wrote back.

"It's a shame," Zook said. "You feel bad for him. It's an unfortunate thing of this game. He'll be all right.

"I know they were very, very happy with him too."

Leshoure's mom, Jazz Jones, hit the road Monday afternoon bound for Detroit. She didn't know all the details of the injury.

"He just wants to play ball," Jones said.

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kfj wrote on August 09, 2011 at 3:08 am

This is sad for him. He will be back for the next season. I watched the entire practice at camp Rantoul on Monday. The team looks quite poised compared to this time last year. The coaches also look more at ease as they are able to instruct the players at a higher cognitive level this year in contrast to this time last year. The incoming freshman are picking up the system at a quicker pace than last year due to the teaching skills and disposition of the coaches. Everyone on the practice field seems focused and ready to excell this year. If you get a chance to attend this Saturday's scrimmage. I believe that you will be nicely surprised to watch the team perform well on the field. I'm very positive about this team's potential, and GO ILLINI!!!!!