UW Health Sports Medicine 

Melvin Gordon
Melvin Gordon

RS Junior

Kenosha, Wis.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 213



Honors and Awards
2014: Maxwell Award semifinalist ... Walter Camp Player of the Year Award watch list ... Doak Walker Award watch list ... preseason first-team All-America (Athlon, Phil Steele) ... preseason 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: NCAA active career leader in rushing average, at 7.88 yards per carry ... on pace to break FBS record for rushing average of 7.32 yards per carry (USC RB Reggie Bush) ... ranks No. 6 all-time at UW in rushing (3,829 yards) ... ranks No. 8 all-time at UW in total touchdowns (38) and rushing touchdowns (35) ... holds school rushing average records for a career (7.88 yards per carry), a season (7.81 ypc, 2013) and a game (19.5, vs. Bowling Green, 9/20/2014) ... fastest player in Wisconsin history to reach 1,000 career rushing yards (104 attempts) ... owns 18 career 100-yard games, including 15 of 140-plus yards and 4 of 200-plus yards

2014 Season: Has started alll nine games at running back ... leads nation in rushing at 166.8 yards per game ... has rushed for 1,501 yards, joining Ron Dayne and Montee Ball as Badgers with multiple 1,500-yard seasons ... with 21 total touchdowns, ranks No. 2 in FBS in scoring at 14.0 points per game ... has rushed for 100-plus yards in seven consecutive games, scoring 19 total TDs in those games ... averaging 7.58 yards per rushing attempt, No. 2 in the FBS ... leads nation with 10 runs of 40-plus yards ... also leads FBS in runs of 10-plus (40), 20-plus (20) and 30-plus (13) yards ... rushed for a career-high 259 yards at Northwestern on Oct. 4 ... ran for 253 yards and tied school single-game record with five rushing touchdowns vs. Bowling Green on Sept. 20, helping UW set modern-era Big Ten record with 644 rushing yards and a school record with 756 total yards ... rushed for 205 yards, caught three passes for 44 yards and scored two touchdowns at Purdue on Nov. 8 ... ran for 175 yards and four touchdowns vs. Illinois on Oct. 11, his fourth-consecutive game with at least 175 rushing yards ... scored two touchdowns and registered 187 rushing yards on a career-high 32 rushing attempts vs. South Florida on Sept. 27 ... opened the season with 140 rushing yards and a touchdown vs. LSU on Aug. 30 before missing most of second half with injury

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


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)

2014 SEASON: vs. LSU (16-140, 1); Western Illinois (17-38); Bowling Green (13-254, 5); South Florida (32-187, 2); at Northwestern (27-259, 1); Illinois (27-175, 4); Maryland (22-122, 3); at Rutgers (19-128, 2); at Purdue (25-205, 1)

Career Game Highs
Rushing Attempts 32 vs. South Florida, Sept. 27, 2014
Rushing Yards 259 at Northwestern, Oct. 4, 2014
Rushing Touchdowns 5 vs. Bowling Green, Sept. 20, 2014
Long Rush 80 (TD) vs. Tennessee Tech, Sept. 7, 2013
Receptions 4 vs. Western Illinois, Sept. 6, 2014
Receiving Yards 57 at Penn State, Nov. 24, 2012
Receiving TDs 1 (3x) MR at Purdue, Nov. 8, 2014
Long Receptions 57 at Penn State, Nov. 24, 2012
Kickoff Returns 3 vs. Utah State, Sept. 15, 2012

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