Melvin Gordon announced the decision that everyone knew was coming. The record-setting Wisconsin Badger running back is giving up his final season of eligibility in Madison to enter the 2015 NFL draft.
Gordon leads the nation in rushing yards with 2,336, rushing yards per game (179.7), rushing touchdowns (26) and is fourth in yards per carry (7.56). It means the New Years Day Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida, will be his last at Wisconsin.
Gordon is in Orlando for the presentation of the Doak Walker Award tonight. Then its on to New York City for the Heisman Trophy presentation on Saturday night.
Gordon is the favorite to win the Doak Walker Award tonight, but Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is expected to win the Heisman Trophy.
With Gordon leaving school a year early, the job in Madison is expected to go to Corey Clement, who has rushed for 844 yards, nine touchdowns and a 6.4 yards per carry average in limited action.