In 2013, Melvin Gordon III showed how dominant of a running back he can be; but he’s ready to step up his game even further this year.
Plain and simple, he wants to be the nation’s best running back in 2014.
After running for 1,609 yards as a sophomore, MGIII is poised to compete for the title as the top running back in the country. And maybe even for a Heisman Trophy, against the nation’s other elite backs. Namely, Georgia’s Todd Gurley and Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon of the SEC.
An interview with CBS revealed Gordon’s honest thoughts about his competition with these two players for this years’ running back crown.
Gordon respects them but make no mistake. He is coming for them. The race for the country’s best running back — and possibly a Heisman invite — is “on.”
“It’s been on,” said Gordon, whose Badgers open the season against another tailback factory, LSU. “I’m competing against everybody, Gurley included.”
Later in the interview Gordon went on to say that he was following both player’s (Gurley and Yeldon) stats closely as last season went on.
He’s kept and is keeping tabs on these players because he knows they’re good. But he wants to be even better.
“I want to be great, not just a guy who came and went,” Gordon said, “I just want us to be great.” He continued, “At Wisconsin, you never get your respect, no matter how many Rose Bowls you win.”
The chip on his shoulder is quite evident. And I think it’s a welcome sight to all Badgers fans. Gordon has all of the talent in the world and he seems incredibly focused and determined to be the very best. Even better than the SEC’s premier running backs — Gurley and Yeldon.
Gordon gets a huge chance to make his claim as the nation’s top back week one against LSU on national TV. What a magical night it will be, and a feather in his cap, if he can lead the Badgers to a huge non-conference victory on the strength of his legs.