MADISON – 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.
Among Gordon's impressive accomplishments this season and in his career:
2013 Maxwell Award and Doak Walker Award semifinalist
Has led the nation in yards per carry in each of the last two seasons
FBS active career leader in yards per rushing attempt (8.31)
Reached the 1,000-yard plateau for his career and for a season faster than anyone in UW history
"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."
Gordon has rushed for at least 140 yards in seven of Wisconsin's 12 games this season. That trails only Boston College's Andre Williams (8) and Washington's Bishop Sankey (8) for the most games of 140-plus rushing yards by an FBS player.
With 1,466 yards this season, Gordon has a chance to become the ninth player in Wisconsin history to rush for at least 1,500 yards in a season.
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