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Melvin Gordon
Melvin Gordon

Class:
RS Junior

Hometown:
Kenosha, Wis.

High School:
Bradford

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 213

Position:
RB

Experience:
2L

Honors and Awards
2014 Preseason: Maxwell Award watch list ... Walter Camp Player of the Year Award watch list ... Doak Walker Award watch list ... first-team All-America (Athlon, Phil Steele) ... first-team All-Big Ten (Athlon, Phil Steele, Sporting News)
2013: Maxwell Award semifinalist ... Doak Walker Award semifinalist ... honorable mention All-America (Sports Illustrated) ... second-team All-Big Ten (consensus) ... Academic All-Big Ten
2012: Academic All-Big Ten

Career: Fastest player in Wisconsin history to reach 1,000 career rushing yards (104 attempts) ... owns more runs of 20-plus yards (24) than negative yards (19) in his career ... 16 career rushing touchdowns have coveraged an average of 29.8 yards ... only lost fumble in career came on lateral play in 2014 Capital One Bowl ... has never lost a fumble across 288 rushing attempts, 3 receptions or 8 kickoff returns (299 total touches) ... ranks No. 13 in UW history with 2,328 career rushing yards ... owns 10 career 100-yard games, including nine of 140-plus yards

2014 Preseason: Enters junior season as leading candidate for the Doak Walker Award and on many lists of top candidates for Heisman Trophy ... one of the most explosive running backs in the country, he has led all FBS players in yards per carry in each of last two seasons ... FBS active career leader in rushing average (8.08 ypcs) ... needs 12 carries to reach 300 for his career and be eligible to break Big Ten (Ki-Jana Carter, Penn State - 7.27) and Wisconsin (James White - 6.24) records for rushing average

2013 Season: Earned second letter, playing in all 13 games and starting four ... ranked 10th in the country and second in the Big Ten with 1,609 rushing yards, setting a UW sophomore record ... scored 12 rushing TDs ... led the nation and set UW single-season record at 7.8 yards per attempt ... just the sixth player in UW history to rush for more than 1,600 yards in a season ... only player in the country to have three runs of at least 70 yards ... tied for the most runs of at least 60 yards (4) of any FBS player ... rushed for at least 140 yards in 8 of Wisconsin's 13 games in 2013 (matched Boston College's Andre Williams and Washington's Bishop Sankey for most games of 140-plus rushing yards by an FBS player) ... became fastest player in UW history to reach 1,000 yards in a career (104th carry of career) and in a single season (105th carry of 2013) ... rushed 25 times for 146 yards in the Capital One Bowl against South Carolina on Jan. 1... ran for 146 yards and a touchdown vs. Indiana on Nov. 16 ... ran for 142 yards and tied a career high with three touchdowns at Illinois on Oct. 19 .. rushed a career-high 22 times for 172 yards, including a 71-yard TD run, vs. Northwestern on Oct. 12 ... carried 16 times for 147 yards and a career-high three touchdowns vs. Purdue on Sept. 21 ... ran 15 times for 193 yards and two touchdowns, including a career-long 80-yard run for a TD, at Arizona State on Sept. 14 ... rushed nine times for 140 yards and a touchdown vs. Tennessee Tech on Sept. 7 ... carried the ball 13 times for a game-high 144 yards and a then career-long 70-yard touchdown vs. UMass on Aug. 31

2012 Season: Earned first letter, playing in all 14 games with four starts ... rushed 62 times for 621 yards and three touchdowns ... rushing average of 10.0 yards per carry led the country ... had nine carries for 51 yards against Stanford in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 ... ran for a career-high 216 yards on just nine carries and scored a touchdown in the Big Ten Championship Game against Nebraska on Dec. 1 ... recorded one carry for 9 yards and one catch for 57 yards and a touchdown at Penn St on Nov. 24 ... had one carry against Ohio State on Nov. 17 ... recorded eight carries for 96 yards and a touchdown at Indiana on Nov. 10 ... had a 32-yard kickoff return and recorded a tackle against Michigan State on Oct. 27 ... carried the ball 10 times for 20 yards against Minnesota on Oct. 20 ... ran for 80 yards, including an career-best 51-yard run, on seven carries at Purdue on Oct. 14 ... carried the ball five times for 15 yards against Illinois on Oct. 16 ... rushed twice for five yards and caught one pass for eight yards at Nebraska on Sept. 29 ... scored first touchdown of season against UTEP on Sept. 22 ... finished game with 112 yards rushing on eight carries

2011 Season: Appeared in three games before a groin injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season ... scored first touchdown of career and rushed for 32 yards on eight carries against South Dakota on Sept. 24 ... gained 28 yards on five carries against Northern Illinois on Sept. 17 ... rushed for 38 yards on seven carries in Badgers debut against UNLV on Sept. 1

High School: Four-star recruit by Rivals and three-star by ESPN/Scouts Inc. and Scout ... No. 24 running back in the nation according to Rivals, No. 27 according to MaxPreps, No. 38 according to Scout and the No. 39 athlete according to ESPN/Scouts Inc. ... top-ranked player in Wisconsin according to ESPN/Scouts Inc., No. 2 according to Rivals and No. 3 according to Scout ... first-team all-state selection by A.P. and WFCA as a senior, also WFCA's Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for 38 touchdowns and 2,009 yards on 158 carries and catching three touchdowns passes ... Gatorade Player of the Year and conference player of the year ... as a junior, tallied 1,098 yards and 11 scores on 99 carries and had five receiving touchdowns ... honorable mention all-state and all-region by WFCA, first-team all-area by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and first-team all-county by Kenosha News as a junior ... rushed for 1,200 yards and 23 touchdowns as a sophomore ... gained over 500 yards rushing and scored 15 touchdowns as a freshman ... head coach was Jed Kennedy

Personal: Parents are Melvin and Carmen Gordon ... served as teacher's assistant in high school and volunteered serving food at a homeless shelter ... coached youth football ... majoring in life science communication ... serving as summer intern at Merrill Lynch

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Game-by-Game Rushing (Att.-Yds., TD)
2011 SEASON:
UNLV (7-38); Northern Illinois (5-28); South Dakota (8-32, 1)

2012 SEASON: Utah State (2-18); UTEP (8-112, 1); at Nebraska (2-5); Illinois (5-15); at Purdue ( 7-82); Minnesota (10-28); at Indiana (8-96, 1); Ohio State (1(-1); at Penn St (1-9); vs. Nebraska (9-216, 1); vs. Stanford (9-51)

2013 SEASON: UMass (13-144, 1); Tennessee Tech (9-140, 1); at Arizona State (15-193, 2); Purdue (16-147, 3); at Ohio State (15-74); Northwestern (22-172, 1); at Illinois (17-142, 3); at Iowa (17-62); BYU (19-86); Indiana (13-146, 1); at Minnesota (12-69); Penn State (13-91); vs. South Carolina (25-146)

Career Game Highs
Rushing Attempts 25 vs. South Carolina, Jan. 1, 2014
Rushing Yards 216 vs. Nebraska, Dec. 1, 2012
Rushing Touchdowns 3 (2x) MR at Illinois, Oct. 19, 2013
Long Rush 80 vs. Tennessee Tech, Sept. 7, 2013
Kickoff Returns 3 vs. Utah State, Sept. 15, 2012
2013 Season Game Highs
Rushing Attempts 25 vs. South Carolina, Jan. 1, 201
Rushing Yards 193 at Arizona State, Sept. 14
Rushing Touchdowns 3 (2x) MR at Illinois, Oct. 19
Long Rush 80 vs. Tennessee Tech, Sept. 7
Kickoff Returns N/A
Kickoff Return Yards N/A

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