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BREAKING: Melvin Gordon Returning for Junior Season

The reports came out Friday from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that UW running back, Melvin Gordon III, will be returning for his junior season at Wisconsin.

Gordon, who rushed for just over 1,500 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, has been highly touted as one of the best back available in the 2014 NFL draft.

In 28 games wearing the Cardinal red, Gordon has been one of Wisconsin top producing backs through just two full seasons. In all, he’s accounted for nearly 2,200 yards on the ground and 16 touchdowns while averaging over 8 yards per rush.

“After talking it over with my family and my coaches, I have decided to come back next year,” Gordon said, in an interview, today. “I love the University of Wisconsin and feel that there is still a lot of room for growth. Academically, another year in school will help me get closer to completing my degree and on the field I hope to help my team get back the Big Ten championship.”

Coach Gary Andersen hadn’t eluded to which direction Gordon was leaning, but is happy, of course, with the decision.

“Melvin is a great player and a great kid and we are very happy with his decision,” Andersen said. “We tried to be very supportive throughout the decision-making process and relayed all the information he needed to make an informed decision. I’m glad he can now focus on the bowl game and prepare for a great 2014.”

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