Big news for Badgers: Melvin Gordon to return

Big news for Badgers: Melvin Gordon to return

Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon has announced that he will return for his redshirt junior season.

Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon will return to school for the 2014 season. (Photo: Andy Manis, AP)It’s big news for the Badgers — Gordon is 11th in the country in rushing yards (1,466) and fourth in yards per carry (8.1) this season.

With backfield mate James White (1,337 yards, 13 touchdowns) graduating, Gordon should be a serious candidate for the 2014 Heisman Trophy.

“After talking it over with my family and my coaches, I have decided to come back next year,” Gordon said in a statement. “I love the University of Wisconsin and feel that there is still a lot of room for growth.

“Academically, another year in school will help me get closer to completing my degree and on the field I hope to help my team get back the Big Ten championship,” he added. “With this decision out of the way I can now focus on helping my team prepare for the Capital One Bowl and a great opponent in South Carolina.”

The Kenosha, Wis. native led the nation with a 10.0 yard per carry average (62 rushes for 621 yards) as a redshirt freshman in 2012.

Photo: Andy Manis, AP

For an updated list of college underclassmen that have declared for the NFL Draft, click HERE.

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