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Melvin Gordon frustrated as goals seem out of reach

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Badgers running back Melvin Gordon could be in the NFL right now, instead he came back to Wisconsin to achieve some goals he thought were attainable. In the spring, Gordon said he put a piece of paper on his wall that said "college football playoffs." That's part of the reason Gordon came back, to get Wisconsin to the next level, but only five games into the season at 3-2 that goal is unreachable.

Gordon has never seemed to put too much importance on individual awards, but his chance at the Heisman Trophy also seems to be slipping away, and it has nothing to do with is own performance. Gordon leads the country with 174 yards per game and he's also scored 10 total touchdowns, but as his team continues to move outside of national relevance, Gordon's opportunity to hoist the bronze trophy will be become tougher to achieve.

"As a group, as an offense it's upsetting," Gordon said.

"We had some goals this year and they a little tough to reach now."

"The frustration level is high, it's high, but we gotta stay level headed right now. You can't think about this or that right now we are kind of playing for the seniors right now."

Gordon is coming off a career-best performance at Northwestern, rushing for 259 yards, but the team still lost to the Wildcats.

"You get that many yards you assume you're doing what you need to be doing on offense, but obviously that wasn't the case."

Gordon didn't have an exact answer on how the team can correct it's problems on offense, a group that's ranked as the 114th passing offense in the country, but he did say there are certain guys on the team who need to see more time.

"We just gotta find ways to get our playmakers the ball. We have playmakers, we just got to get them in the game, get them rolling and get them confident."

Badgers head coach didn't Gary Andersen didn't seem concerned in his star player's frustration, as Gordon's goals seem to be moving further from reach.

"I'm very comfortable with Melvin being driven enough as a competitor to go out and compete every week regardless of the team's record and regardless of, quite frankly, what successes he had the week before," Andersen said.

"He's going to keep on going. But it does make me happy for him that he is where he is today versus where he was after three games. I think it's great for him to be in the spot he's in because that was his expectation to be a great running back."

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