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Melvin Gordon's mother provides support for son as she "keeps it real"

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MADISON (WKOW) -- In Wisconsin's last two games at Camp Randall Stadium the chants broke out. Fans chanting the name "Melvin Gordon," showing their love for the guy who has re-written Wisconsin's record book. There in the stands soaking it all in, Melvin's mother Carmen.

"I'm happy for him because this is where he wants to be so in knowing that I'm happy we're here," Carmen Gordon said.

This special season wouldn't have happened if Melvin chose to go pro, but he decided to stay another year. This was a choice Carmen helped Melvin make.

"We're behind Melvin whatever he wanted to do whether it was to stay or leave but I think he made a good decision," Carmen Gordon said.

That's not the only input Carmen's given her son. She often likes to critique his game.

"From watching him over the years I know what things he can improve on," Carmen Gordon said.

"She tells me to keep my pads down you gotta get your legs up things like that," Melvin Gordon said of his mother.

"She tries to help me fix my game. That's my mom. She doesn't sugarcoat anything she keeps it real."

The critique session that sticks out, came after last season's Ohio State game. Melvin's longest run was just 16 yards against the Buckeyes as he ran for 74 yards on 15 carries before he was knocked out of the game with an injury.

"I wasn't disappointed, I just thought in a minute he was going to break one because I know that was his big game," Carmen Gordon said.

Saturday night Melvin faces the Buckeyes again, this time with a Big Ten title on the line, and yes, with a chance to redeem himself by putting together a performance his mother would approve of.

"She understands the importance of this game. She says don't put too much pressure on yourself just go out there and do what you do best."

"I know he's going to take it personal because the last time he faced Ohio State he didn't play that well so he wants to prove something to himself."

Wisconsin faces Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game Saturday, December 6th at 7:17pm CT.

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