RB Melvin Gordon returning to No. 19 Wisconsin

Running back Melvin Gordon will return to Wisconsin for his

junior season in 2014.

The 1,400-yard rusher said in a statement released by the team

Friday that he had room for growth, and that he hoped to get the

19th-ranked Badgers back to the Big Ten title game. He also cited a

desire to complete his degree.

Third-year sophomore Gordon is half of Wisconsin’s potent

one-two backfield punch with senior James White. Gordon’s 8.31

yards per rush career average leads active major college


Coach Gary Andersen last week said he gave Gordon his OK to seek

an NFL draft evaluation, but encouraged him to return to


The Badgers (9-3) are preparing to play No. 8 South Carolina in

the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1.