Wisconsin’s red shirt sophomore tailback Melvin Gordon says he’ll return to Wisconsin for his junior season.
The second-team All-Big Ten pick rushed for 1,466 yards and 12 touchdowns this past season.
Gordon had submitted paperwork to the NFL’s draft advisory board earlier this month, trying to see where he might be taken in the 2014 NFL Draft. But Gordon said he’d only consider leaving early if he received a third-round grade or lower.
Gordon rushed for at least 140 yards in seven of Wisconsin’s 12 games this season.
Wisconsin used senior James White as a blocker and receiver and Gordon could use work in both of those areas. He decided it’s better to get that work in college instead of the NFL.
Gordon figures to be the feature back next season in Madison, but he’s also expected to share time with freshman Corey Clement, who finished his first season in Madison with 515 yards and 7 touchdowns on the ground.
Gordon and his Badger teammates are preparing for the New Years Day Capital One Bowl game against South Carolina in Orlando.