Wisconsin Badgers sophomore running back Melvin Gordon has simply ran all over and around opposing defenses this season. In a day and age where teams like Oregon run a flashy, uptempo offense and players like Johnny Football are stealing headlines for numerous reasons, it’s Gordon who is quietly becoming the top running back in the nation.
In seven games Gordon has rushed for 1,012 yards, second in all of FBS and only 24 yards behind leader Antonio Andrews of Western Kentucky. Gordon however has done it in 45 fewer carries. Gordon is also second in the nation in yards per carry average (9.5), trailing Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota by just over half a yard. And with 11 touchdowns on the season, Gordon is in a tie for second best in the nation. Don’t forget either that Gordon has rushed for at least 100 yards in six games as well.
You would think with numbers like that, Melvin Gordon would be in the Heisman discussion right?
Wrong. In nearly every single Heisman watch list, Gordon is barely cracking the top 10, if even being mentioned at all. Gordon falls behind most of the top quarterbacks in the nation for now. And I get that most of the winners of the Heisman are quarterbacks, but I think Gordon does deserve to be at least in the discussion. The numbers alone should give you more than enough reason to at least mention his name. The only real justification is that Gordon hasn’t really had that breakout game that others have had.
With that being said, if you don’t believe that Melvin Gordon is the real deal you better start to pay attention and hop on the bandwagon now. Because Gordon is running fast and you, as well as opposing defenders, better hang on.