04/15/2014 - Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon put up some new art work on the walls of his apartment. Nothing trendy though, just some pictures to give him some extra motivation: the logos for the 2014 season opener between LSU and the Badgers and the season-ending college football playoffs are among the additions. The most precious item represents a goal that will be the toughest to attain: a picture of the national championship trophy. Gordon is dreaming big after bypassing an opportunity to go to the NFL. "They're up in my bedroom. I'm looking at those every day. When I wake up I see them," he said after the Badgers' spring game.
He didn't have much to prove this spring after rushing for more than 1,600 yards and 12 touchdowns last season splitting carries with James White. Now with White out of eligibility and looking for an NFL pay day, Corey Clement will be Gordon's new running mate this fall. The first priority this spring was to keep Gordon and Clement upright, coach Gary Andersen has said. "We kept them healthy, but they got better at pass protection, and I think that showed up today," Andersen said. "They got better at the screen game. The screen game didn't pan out very good today, but it will, and it'll be a vital part, and they're better at what they're doing." Last season, White got 221 carries to 206 for Gordon. White, a senior, was a better blocker than Gordon. This year, Gordon could get a much heavier workload, and at least more than a 50-50 split with Clement. Gordon is potentially in the conversation as a Heisman Trophy candidate. - AP Sports
01/01/2014 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Melvin Gordon certainly is one of several Wisconsin players thirsting for another chance after a frustrating performance against Penn State. Gordon led the Badgers with 91 yards, but it was the fourth time in five games that he was held to under 100 yards. Gordon shouldn't be getting tired, not with James White sharing the load. - The Sports Xchange
12/21/2013 - Wisconsin RB Gordon returning to school...Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, who rushed for 1,466 yards this season, will return for his redshirt junior season in 2014 rather than enter the NFL Draft, he announced Friday. "I love the University of Wisconsin and feel that there is still a lot of room for growth," Gordon said in a statement released by the school. "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 leads the nation in yards per carry (8.1) and runs of 60 or more yards (four). - The Sports Xchange
12/20/2013 - Gordon to return for junior season...Wisconsin sophomore running back Melvin Gordon announced Friday that he will return to UW for his junior season. Gordon, who redshirted as a true freshman, was a Doak Walker Award semifinalist this season and ranks 11th in the country with 1,466 rushing yards and has scored 12 touchdowns heading into the Capital One Bowl. "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."
"Melvin is a great player and a great kid and we are very happy with his decision," Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen said. "We tried to be very supportive throughout the decision-making process and relayed all the information he needed to make an informed decision. I'm glad he can now focus on the bowl game and prepare for a great 2014." - Wisconsin football
12/11/2013 - Melvin Gordon has goals he still wants to achieve in his college career. Among them, being a Heisman Trophy finalist and earning a degree rank pretty high. Then again, he also wants to play football at the highest level. And being an NFL standout -- along with becoming a millionaire -- might be on the horizon, too. Those two paths could intersect soon for Gordon, Wisconsin's star running back, because he acknowledged Tuesday night that he had submitted paperwork with the NFL's draft advisory board. That board, consisting of a panel of pro scouting experts, will evaluate Gordon's film and provide a grade as to where they believe he may be selected in the upcoming draft.
Gordon wouldn't offer an exact grade that would sway him, but it's clear he is heavily considering the prospect of leaving, depending on their feedback. Gordon said he would listen to his close inner circle, which includes his parents, Melvin and Carmen. His father advised him to return to school, while his mother has waffled on the subject. "Some people were getting in her ear," Gordon said. "Just agents and stuff like that. She wanted me to stay at first. I think she's kind of shying away from that now." - Jesse Temple, FOX Sports Wisconsin
12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin, Running Back...Has been selected All-Big Ten Second Team for the 2013 college football season as voted on by a select media panel and honors teams. - Wisconsin football
12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (COACHES): Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin, Running Back...Has been selected All-Big Ten Second Team for the 2013 college football season as voted on by the Big Ten head football coaches. - Wisconsin football
11/11/2013 - TOP 10 SCARIEST PLAYERS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL: 10. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin, RB: The Badgers have had more than their share of star running backs over the past decade, but the 6-1, 207-pound Gordon, an Academic All-Big Ten pick in 2012, may be the biggest gamebreaker of the bunch. The guy is averaging almost a first down every time he takes a handoff (9.5) and leads the nation in rushes of 60 yards or more with four. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
10/21/2013 - It's still only mid-October and Melvin Gordon's already eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark to make it nine consecutive years a Badger has gone over 1,000 rushing yards. Gordon, who had 142 yards and three TDs in UW's easy win over Illinois, is averaging a crazy 9.5 yards per carry. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
10/19/2013 - Melvin Gordon rushed for 142 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 25 Wisconsin to a 56-32 rout of Illinois on Saturday. Gordon topped 1,000 yards for the season on a 13-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that put the Badgers (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) up 42-17. He finished the chilly, 40-degree night with 1,012 yards for the season.
Gordon's touchdown capped the second of two bruising, third-quarter drives that put Illinois away. Running back James White finished the first with a 2-yard touchdown pass from Joel Stave. Before the drives, Illinois (3-3, 0-2) found ways to claw back from an early 21-0 deficit and trailed 28-17 at halftime. Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase led Illinois with 249 yards passing. Steve Hull caught six passes for 105 yards. - AP Sports
10/12/2013 - After a slow start, Wisconsin got it rolling and had an unexpectedly easy time against 19th-ranked Northwestern on Saturday. Wisconsin's running game stalled in the first quarter but rallied to tally 286 yards, and the defense came through with seven sacks as the Badgers beat Northwestern 35-6 in a Big Ten game at Camp Randall Stadium.
Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon rushed for 172 yards on 22 carries, including a 71-yard touchdown in the second quarter. The sophomore had no lingering effects from a minor knee injury suffered two weeks ago in Wisconsin's loss at Ohio State. Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave threw three touchdown passes, completing 17 of 28 passes for 241 yards. He also had two passes intercepted. The Wildcats' quarterback duo of Trevor Siemian and Kain Colter completed just 17 of 39 passes for 197 yards, with one interception. - The Sports Xchange
10/02/2013 - Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon walked the sideline with his typical gait, as if he were taking a breather following another long touchdown. The Big Ten's leading rusher looked this week like he was over an apparent minor left knee injury that came from a hit, and that he'd be ready to play this weekend if his team had a game. "It looked pretty bad, let's just say that," Gordon said.
Trainers worked on him. He back up and around soon enough, raring to get back into the game. "But they wanted to hold me out to see if everything was OK. It is," Gordon said. The Badgers' bye week comes at an opportune time for the physical, elusive Gordon. "I'm feeling pretty good," Gordon said. "I'm completely fine. Got lucky, dodged a bullet." - AP Sports
10/01/2013 - Wisconsin's powerful ground game ran into a roadblock against Ohio State on Saturday night. The Badgers were limited to 104 yards rushing, with Melvin Gordon -- the nation's leading rusher entering the game -- and James White held to 74 and 31 yards, respectively. Facing a formidable defense for the first time this season might account for Wisconsin's paltry rushing yards (the Badgers had rushed for 387 yards or more against three of its previous opponents). Whether the Ohio State defense is that good or the Wisconsin ground attack is not as dominant as it appeared during nonconference play remains to be seen. - The Sports Xchange
09/23/2013 - WEEK 4 BIG TEN CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin, So., RB, Kenosha, Wis./Bradford,...Finished with 147 yards and a career-best three touchdowns on just 16 carries, an average of 9.2 yards per carry, in Wisconsin's victory over Purdue...Scored on a five-yard run in the first quarter, a 27-yard sprint in the third and a 15-yarder in the third...Rushed for 140 yards or more in his fourth straight contest and leads the nation with 624 yards and 156.0 yards per game...Records his first career weekly honor...Last Wisconsin Offensive Player of the Week: Montee Ball (Nov. 12, 2012). - Big Ten football
09/21/2013 - Wisconsin showed no ill effects from desert depression as the No. 24 Badgers whipped Purdue 41-10 on Saturday in the Big Ten opener. A week after the Badgers saw the final seconds melt away in a loss at Arizona State, Wisconsin responded like they always do: They ran the football. Melvin Gordon may have put his name in the Heisman Trophy ballot box by once again leading a rushing effort that left the Boilermakers helpless as they loaded the box to try and stop it.
Gordon wowed the crowd of 80,772 at Camp Randall with 147 yards and three touchdowns. It's the fourth straight week that Gordon has amassed at least 140 rushing yards with a score. It seems each week brings a career high for Gordon, who had career highs for rushing attempts and touchdowns against the Boilermakers. - The Sports Xchange
09/21/2013 - Melvin Gordon ran for three touchdowns, James White added 145 yards and a 70-yard score, and No. 24 Wisconsin opened Big Ten play with a 41-10 win Saturday over Purdue. Gordon scored from 5 and 27 yards in the first half before capping the opening drive of the second with a 15-yard touchdown run for the Badgers (3-1, 1-0). Nose guard Warren Herring had a sack, and Chris Borland added six tackles to lead an active defense.
Wisconsin moved on nicely from last week's stunning 32-30 loss to Arizona State, after officials mishandled the final seconds to deprive the Badgers of a game-winning field-goal try. No late worries this week. Quarterback Rob Henry's 22-yard touchdown run provided one of the few highlights on the day for the Boilermakers (1-3, 0-1). - AP Sports
09/17/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT WEEK 3 STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES: RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin...Sticking with the Arizona State-Wisconsin match-up, Wisconsin redshirt sophomore running back Melvin Gordon might have been the most talented player on the field, regardless of position, unit or team. He notched his third-straight 100-yard rushing game in the Badgers loss at Arizona State, finishing with 193 rushing yards on 15 carries (12.9 average) and a pair of scores. I took some heat over the summer from Badger fans when I listed Gordon as the school's top draft-eligible prospect over some more well-known players, but the tape doesn't lie.
He lacks elite speed, but has above average acceleration, going 0-to-60 in a flash and bursting to top speed in the blink of an eye. Gordon shows vision and patience to follow his blocks and find holes to daylight, using excellent balance to break tackles without losing momentum. While James White was finally expected to get his opportunity to be "the guy" in the Wisconsin backfield with Montee Ball now in the NFL, Gordon has stolen the spotlight and catapulted himself near the top of the draft-eligible running back rankings. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
09/16/2013 - SEPT 16 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE AWARDS RUNNING BACK PERFORMER OF THE WEEK: Melvin Gordon (Wisconsin)...Gordon went over 100 rushing yards for the third time this season and fourth time in the last five games. He finished with 193 yards on 15 carries for an average of 12.9 yards per carry. Gordon has rushed for 744 yards on 55 carries over his last five games, averaging 13.5 per rush in that span and rushing for at least 140 yards in four of those games.
Honorable Mention: Paul James (Rutgers), Bishop Sankey (Washington), Michael Gordon (Arkansas State), Jay Ajayi (Boise State), Jordan Hall (Ohio State), Joey DeMartino (Utah State), Elijah McGuire (Louisiana-Lafayette), Treyvon Green (Northwestern), Marion Grice (Arizona State). - Wisconsin football/College Football Performance Awards
09/16/2013 - Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon looks like the real deal. Carrying just 15 times against Arizona State, the sophomore rushed for 193 yards and two touchdowns. The Badgers have a shaky passing attack and will need to lean heavily on Gordon. More touches could be coming for Gordon. - The Sports Xchange
09/13/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Melvin Gordon has excellent speed and played outstanding in his short career. Gordon might be the X-factor in Saturday's humid conditions. He enters the game averaging 9.6 yards per carry in his career. - The Sports Xchange