October 1, 2014

Gordon named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week

Wisconsin tailback Melvin Gordon moved into the top spot as college football’s

Melvin Gordon

Melvin Gordon

leading rusher on Saturday. Today, the Badger sophomore was named the Big Ten’s Co-Offensive Player of the Week.

Gordon shares the honor with Ohio State quarterback Kenny Guiton. The 23rd ranked Badgers and 4th ranked Buckeyes will square off Saturday night in Columbus.

Gordon rushed 16 times for 147 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in Wisconsin’s 41-10 win over Purdue in the Big Ten opener at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday.

Despite averaging just 13.3 attempts per game, Gordon leads the nation with 624 rushing yards on the season, an average of 156.0 yards per game. His per-carry average of 11.8 yards is the best of any player with at least 30 carries this season.

Gordon’s seven rushing touchdowns ranks him 3rd nationally this season.

He is the first UW player to earn Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors since running back Montee Ball was honored on Nov. 12, 2012.