Posted December 20, 2013

Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon to return for junior season

Gary Andersen, NFL Draft, Wisconsin Badgers
(Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon rushed for 1,466 yards and 12 touchdowns this year. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Wisconsin’s rushing attack is about as reliable as people in D.C. complaining about the weather and the traffic, so even if Melvin Gordon had opted to take his services to the NFL, the Badgers would have been OK.

That said, the sophomore announcing he’ll be returning to Madison for his junior season is good news for Gary Andersen, who will be entering his second year as head coach with one of his most potent offensive threats.

From Wisconsin’s official release:

“After talking it over with my family and my coaches, I have decided to come back next year,” Gordon said. “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. 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.”

Gordon, along with senior James White and freshman Corey Clement, helped the Badgers rush for 3,396 yards during the regular season, eighth best in FBS. The sophomore from Kenosha, Wisc., had 1,466 yards on 8.1 yards per carry along with 12 touchdowns. Wisconsin (9-3) plays South Carolina on Jan. 1.

Gordon asked for an evaluation from the NFL Draft advisory board earlier this month, and it was clear from the information and advice he received that another year with the Badgers would do him good.

7 comments
DanaBunner1
DanaBunner1

I'm surprised.  He looks ready for the NFL to me.  Hope he doesn't end up regretting the move.

cardogpush
cardogpush

horrible move ... rbs only have so many carries on their bodies and doing it for free or staying around to get discarded like john clay is a poor choice 

TheBelgian
TheBelgian

@cardogpush Clay opted to forego his senior season. He went undrafted and is a free agent who nobody will probably ever call on. What is your point? Nothing wrong with a possible reduced workload and obtaining his degree. Badger running backs haven't panned out in the NFL. Dayne, Michael Bennett, Anthony Davis, Calhoun, even Ball so far. Not a good track record. 

cardogpush
cardogpush

@TheBelgian @cardogpush my point is it is foolish to toil around for a mediocre team in a low major conference for free when someone  would compensate  him very nicely to do the exact same task .The college will still be there when he is done w/ football if he finds it necessary to complete that phase of his education.

Also comparing him to any of those run of the mill talents is disingenuous 

  he is faster than the fast guys and bigger than the big guys dayne excluded - anyone that watches football a little sees elite skills in some areas and to risk injury for free is beneficial only to the university not to the kid.

TheBelgian
TheBelgian

@cardogpush @TheBelgian I wasn't comparing him to those backs physically. I was just putting him in the vein of Badgers running backs. They just haven't done anything. They put up good college numbers behind run heavy offenses and mammoth offensive lines. Gordon is bigger than them aside from Clay and Dane. But no way he was faster than Michael Bennett. Not a chance. I'm saying that he is smart to not give up eligibility to enter the draft. Nothing is guaranteed. Either he or those advising him see more value in him staying for another year or he would make the jump. I get your point he should take his services to the professional level, but there is a greater possibility on returns in the future if he stays another year in college it would seem.

WildBill
WildBill

@cardogpush@TheBelgianGordon is fast, but in the NFL

every defender is bigger and faster than those he has played against.

And that's a recipe for injury on an young kid.